5531: 1950's Japanese Asa (flax/hemp) Fabric 62" Piece

5531 Asa (hemp) 1950s Japanese fabric, close-up101

Vintage Japanese Textiles:

Japanese  Asa (Hemp) Fabric

1950's Used Vintage

Width: 14 inches /35.56 cm
Length: 62 inches / 1.57m

Catalog# 5531:  

US$15.00 per piece

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Fabric History/Pedigree:  1950's Japanese vintage asa (hemp/flax fiber) fabric; 

This is a seldom seen deadstock asa (flax/hemp) in that most of the asa we find are pieces from old garments or coverlets, whereas this came to us in a full unused roll. Asa is a reed-based (flax or hemp) fabric more common in Japan in the pre-World War II era, particularly in the Meiji period and earlier; Asa is much stronger than cotton and lasts longer;

Historically, Asa fabrics were used to make some summer clothing, various covers, cloth to cover cabinet doors or food, mosquito netting and similar utilitarian purposes in old agrarian Japan. 

Fabric Description:  Light-weight & thin Asa (hemp/flax-based traditional fabric); because it is so thin and light it is not as stiff as most of these old asa we see;  Fabric  slightly translucent, made for use in making a summer kimono;
Color  is black and burgundy, with subtle gradation between colors. 

Condition: Excellent.
$ 15.00

5531: 1950's Japanese Asa (flax/hemp) Fabric 62" Piece