5404: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi by yard

5404 roll view, Amami Ohshima tsumugi (pongee) silk

Catalog# 5404

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

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; 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.

$ 10.00

5404: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi by yard