5571: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 44 inches 1.12m

5571 Ohshima tsumugi silk, closeup1

Catalog# 5571

1960s Deadstock  Rare Japanese Textiles:

Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Fabric

Width:14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 44 inches / 1.12 m

US$15.00 per piece

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960's fabric from kimono pieces  from an Arai Hari (special Japanese kimono cleaner -- see info on Arai-Hari HERE from John Marshall, expert on Japanese textiles .)
This is a  lightweight 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 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, pixelated type designs in background of dark green and burgundy-black bands formed by tiny grids woven within horizontal bands about 1.5 inches deep with various traditional mon(crests) and flower shapes and fields in clusters (see close-ups). Colors are dark green, burgundy-black, dark tangerine; colors & patterns are impressionistic because of the dye and weaving style. 

Condition: EXCELLENT.

$ 15.00

5571: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 44 inches 1.12m