5390: 1940's Pre-War Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi by yard

5390 1940s tsumami ohshima rare silk, 1 yard view

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Catalog# 5390

Pre-War 1940s Deadstock  Rare Japanese Textiles:

Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Fabric

Width:14 inches / 35.6cm
Length: 1 yard / 91cm

US$25.00 per yard 

Item Details and Description

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

The design is same on both sides, varying shades of brown and dark brown background with off-white slightly visible; Designs are geometric with stylized flowers and variety of diamond shapes overlaying bands, all running lengthwise. (see photos) .

Rarely found, popular among Antique Japanese textile aficionados and collectors.

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

$ 25.00

5390: 1940's Pre-War Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi by yard