5228 Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Maruyama Ohshima Tsumugi by yard

5228 Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Maruyama Ohshima Tsumugi by yard

Catalog# 5228

1960's Deadstock  Rare Japanese Textiles:
Maruyama Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Ori-Jime Silk Fabric

Width:14.75 inches / 37.5cm
Length: 1 yard / 91cm

US$15.00 per yard 

Item Details and Description

This is a high quality 1960's light-medium weight deadstock tsumugi silk (new but unsold stock) from Amami Islands. 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 web site, 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."

The design is same on both sides, black background with a bright burgundy interwoven pattern in a grid of octogonal and square alternating patterns (see close-ups).

Rarely found, popular among Antique Japanese textile aficionados.


Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for it's age, Like new.

$ 15.00

5228 Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Maruyama Ohshima Tsumugi by yard