5288: Hand-Loomed Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ori-Jime Ohshima Tsumugi Fabric

5288: Hand-Loomed Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ori-Jime Ohshima Tsumugi Fabric

Catalog# 5288

1960's Rare Japanese Textiles:
Certified Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee)
Hand-Loomed 100% Silk Fabric

Width:14.5 inches / 36.2cm
Length: 3 Yards / 2.75m

US$45.00 per piece
Shipping Included USA

Item Details and Description

This is a single length (3 yards/2.75m) high quality 1960'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: This came to us bundled with our latest shipment of vintage kimonos from Japan. We only got this one piece however; 3 yards of a bolt with the original label and makers markings on the end (see close-ups).This type fabric is rarely found, popular among Antique Japanese textile collectors.

Description: Certified as made by hand-loom, 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 tiny geometric diamond shapes aligned on tiny line grids; designs are micro-finegold and silver color threads; Each side has selvage is 3/8"(.375)1 cm, (see close-ups).

Labels above indicate: Honba(main place) Amami Ohshima Tsumugi, 100% Silk, inspected and certified as authentic Amami Ohshima Tsumugi fabric.

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

$ 45.00

5288: Hand-Loomed Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ori-Jime Ohshima Tsumugi Fabric