5373: World War II(1945) Deadstock 12yds Roll Ohshima Tsumugi Silk Fabric

5373 roll 1945 Ohshima Tsumugi Silk Fabric

Catalog# 5373

Rare Japanese Textiles:

Pre-1945 (World War II) Deadstock  Roll
Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Fabric

Width:14.75 inches / 37.5cm
Length: 12 yards / 11m

US$39.00 + Shipping


5373: Item Details and Description

This is a rare find, a roll from during World War II, early 1940s, of a high quality deadstock silk (new but unsold stock) from Amami Islands in 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 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."

This roll is exceptional in that we found it in remarkably good condition for its age with its maker's seals and certificates still intact; it had been well cared for, so looks like new. 

Color looks  dark brown-almost black from a distance in room light but on close inspection you can see that there are very thin lines of dark indigo within the pinstripes, interwoven, quite different.

Rarely found, popular among Antique Japanese textile aficionados.

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


Regular price $ 0.00 Sale price $ 39.00

5373: World War II(1945) Deadstock 12yds Roll Ohshima Tsumugi Silk Fabric