5446: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi, by yard

5446: 1960s Ohshima Tsumugi Japanese Silk, close-up01

Catalog# 5446

1960s Deadstock  Rare Japanese Textiles: 
Certified OhshimaTsumugi  Silk Fabric

Width:14.5 inches / 36.83cm

Length: 1 yard / 91cm

US$10.00 per yard

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 

This is a  light-medium weight deadstock Ohshima tsumugi(pongee) 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 website, 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."

Fabric Description Details:

The design is same on both sides, designs are varying pixelated (composed of tiny dots via interweaving) to produce a variety of tortoiseshell hexagonal designs in a grid formation, accompanied by various flowers and geometrical lines throughout.  Colors are all muted dark and light blues as well as pale lavender on a beige background; In original bindings and label.

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

Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for its age.

$ 10.00

5446: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi, by yard