5404: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi by yard
1960s Deadstock Japanese Textiles:
Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Fabric
Width:14.5 inches / 36.8cm
Length: 1 yard / 91cm
US$10.00 per yard
Item Details and Description
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; background appears black but is composed of very fine dark colonial blue pin stripes alternating on black -- pin stripes run lengthwise (vertically); Designs are created by 3/8 inch (6cm) squares which are composed of four parallel lines in a checkerboard configuration; the light color squares are a silver-white color; (see photos) .
Amami Oshima tsumugi pongee silks are still made today but this sort from the 60's are less often found in our searches; popular among Antique Japanese textile aficionados and collectors.
Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for it's age, Like new.
Regular price $ 12.00 Sale price $ 8.00