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6649: 1930s-50s Rare Japanese Pongee Silk Certified Ohshima Tsumugi, by yard

6649: 1930s Certified Oshima Tsumugi Silk

Catalog# 6649

1930s-50s Deadstock Japanese Textiles: 
Rare Certified OhshimaTsumugi  Silk Fabric

Width:14.5 / 36.83 cm

Length: 1 yard / 91.44 cm

US$20.00 per yard

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 

This is a  light-weight 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:

From a  full 13 yds(about 12m) roll with original factory labels of Ohshima Tsumgi silkcertification intact with interwoven certification which translates: "Ohshima Tsumugi Silk Japanese Weavers Association (passed certification); The design is the same on both sides, designs are alternating lateral bands which are 3-4 inches (7.62-10.16cm) deep; all designs are done in *pixelated dar blues anda brownish color with hue of dark olive green; also, hints of mustard yellows are seen in closeups; the bands alternate from solid checkerboard shapes in one row and more solid rectangles the other rows;  The colors are the olive-green brown (with bits of mustard), earth tones and dark blue with thin white lines within the checkerboards; very distinctive indeed.

*Design Notes:  Intricate & complex shapes made by pixelated designs; see close-ups for varied small-point pixels/fine-lines to render shapes and figures of the designs. 

Colors: Reminder to use our text descriptions of colors to complement your sense of the colors, since colors and contrast differ on different devices.

Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for its age.

NOTE: If buying multiple yards of this fabric it will be sent in one uncut length.

Seldom found, popular among Antique Japanese textile aficionados and fashion designers.

$ 20.00

6649: 1930s-50s Rare Japanese Pongee Silk Certified Ohshima Tsumugi, by yard