5232: Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Ori-Jime Tsumugi Fabric

5232 Japanese pongee silk, ohshima half yard view

Catalog# 5232

1950's Araihari  Rare Japanese Textiles:
Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Ori-Jime Silk Fabric

Width:14.25 inches / 36.2cm
Length: 49 inches / 124.5cm

US$18.00 per piece

Item Details and Description

This is a high quality 1950's light weight deadstock tsumugi silk (new but unsold stock) from Amami Islands called Ohshima. 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."

Pedigree: These pieces came to us from an araihari cleaner (specialist in Japan who takes apart and specially cleans old kimonos). We only got these two pieces however; This type fabric is rarely found, popular among Antique Japanese textile collectors.

Description: The fabric design is same on both sides, background is very dark brown(a dark chocolate but looks near-black in lower light); designs are symmetrical grid of small diamond shapes surrounded by dots in rectangular layout; designs are gold and silver; Edges are not selvege, but looped (see close-ups).

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

$ 18.00

5232: Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Ori-Jime Tsumugi Fabric