4990: 1960's Asa(Hemp) Kimono Fabric, 1 yard

4990: Asa(Hemp) 1960s Japanese fabric, half yard view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
Deadstock 1960's Asa Kimono Fabric
14.5" (36.8cm) Wide
$8.00/yd

Catalog# 4990

DESCRIPTION:
We are offering this unusual fabric in minimum 14.5inches X 1yd (36.8cm X 91cm) long pieces of lightweight deadstock asa (new but unsold stock) estimated from the 1960's; This fabric is done in kasuri-like designs with figures of Japanese maple leaves and butterflies in green and fuschia red respectively. This fabric has a coarse feel to it as well as being somewhat porous and slightly translucent.

The larger Butterflies and leaves are about 4"/10cm in largest dimension.There is an accent stripe which runs lengthwise about 2 inches (5.1cm) from the right side.

Recommended for our Japanese traditional textile enthusiasts and designers.
Background Info:
This is a distinctive deadstock asa (flax/hemp) in that most of the asa we find are pieces from old garments or coverlets, whereas this came to us in a full unused roll. Asa is a reed-based (flax or hemp) fabric more common in Japan in the pre-World War II era, particularly in Meiji period and earlier; Asa is much stronger than cotton and lasts longer;
Historically, Asa fabrics were used to make some summer clothing, various covers, cloth to cover cabinet doors or food, and similar utilitarian purposes in old agrarian Japan. This later (post WWII) asa was intended for use in making a summer kimono (yukata); designs are printed on one side, but transparent on reverse side.
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$ 8.00

4990: 1960's Asa(Hemp) Kimono Fabric, 1 yard