5426: 1970's Deadstock Japanese Chigusa Tsumugi Cotton Bolt
1970's Deadstock Japanese Textiles:
Chigusa Tsumugi Cotton
Kimono Fabric Bolt
Width:14.5 inches / 37cm
Length: 12yd / 10.97m
Item Details and Description
Description: The fabric design is same on both sides, a plaid with black -navy-blue background and red plaid lines.
Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for its age, Like new.[* Cultural*Background note:
The term chigusa has a special meaning when discussing Japanese textiles, as explained below:
Chigusa is a greenish light blue color extracted from the small blue petals of spiderwort flowers that bloom in the summer. Spiderwort is called “tsuyukusa” in Japanese. Tsuyukusa is also known as “tsukikusa” and chigusa is said to derive from the word, tsukikusa. Spiderwort is a prairie wildflower that grows in fields and by the roadside in summer. The flowers open in the morning, closing again in the afternoon. It is a delicate flower that brings a beautiful touch to the Japanese summer. The color extracted from the flower is very delicate and is easily washed away with water. It is used to draw a rough sketch for Yuuzen style dyeing. Kimonos which were provided by merchants in Kyoto for their apprentices were lightly dyed with indigo plants and had a pale blue color. After a while the color of the kimono would start to fade so it was dyed again. The color arising from repeated dying of the fabric became known as chigusa color, perhaps because when the indigo plant is used lightly as a dye, it is a light green in color that is similar to the blue of fabric dyed with spiderwort.