Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabrics by Pieces: Japanese Textile Silk Fabrics
5471: 1970's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 1 yard
1970s Deadstock Rare Japanese Textiles:
Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Fabric
Width:15 inches / 38.1 cm
Length: 1 yard / 91cm
US$10.00 per piece
Item Details and Description
Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960's fabric from kimono pieces from an Arai Hari (special Japanese kimono cleaner -- see info on Arai-Hari HERE from John Marshall, expert on Japanese textiles .)
This is a lightweight deadstock Ohshima tsumugi silk (new but unsold stock) from Amami Islands, Japan. Details on this part of Japan's special pongee silk-making process can be found on the National Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan website, which explains the natural plant dyes and mud etc. used in making Ohshima Tsumugi, quoted here:
Characteristics: A plain woven silk fabric with pre-dyed scoured threads both for warp and weft. The color is refined and calm and the fabric is soft and difficult to wrinkle. Threads are dyed with plant dyes such as "Techiki" (Raphilolepis umbellata) and indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) with a technique, peculiar only to "Oshima Tsumugi," called "Ori Jime." As a variety, an additional treatment is made to the dyed thread by dipping them in muddy water. It is "Doro(mud) Zome(dyeing)." There are several kinds of "Oshima Tsumugi":"Doro Oshima," "Ai(indigo) Oshima," "Doro Ai Oshima," "Iro(color) Oshima" and "Natsu(summer) Oshima."
Fabric Description Details:
The design is same on both sides, plaid type designs are in colonial-blue and gray plus ruddy red lines; fabric itself is a very dark navy-blue; looks black in low light.
One yard left.
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