5717: 1970's Japanese Ohshima Tsumugi Kasuri Silk by yard

5717 kasuri tsumugi , 1970s Japanese silk, label

Catalog# 5717

1970's Deadstock Japanese Textiles:
Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Kasuri Silk Fabric

Width: 14.75 inches / 37.47cm
Length: 1 yard / 91cm

US$10.00 per yard 

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Item Details and Description

This is a  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 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."
Label also says "Kasuri Tsumugi" (ikat dye-process pongee)

The color of the fabric is a mix of black and navy-blue tiny pixel squares in screen grid, each about 1/8th-inch square (hashtag-like) (3.17mm) but the fabric appears solid from a distance(see pictures); same on both sides.

Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for its age, Like new.

$ 10.00

5717: 1970's Japanese Ohshima Tsumugi Kasuri Silk by yard