1950's Deadstock Japanese Textiles:
Tsumugi Silk Kimono Fabric by Yard
Width:13.75 inches / 34.9 cm
Length: 1 yard / .91m
Item Details and Description
This is a 1950's light-medium weight deadstock (new but unsold stock) tsumugi silk); used for making a woman's kimono.
Pedigree: This is what is called deadstock -- new/never used but aged, usually from store or company inventory or recyclers. Rolls such as this were turned in to recyclers by businesses or families in the past within Japan; This one is 100% Japanese cotton with textured feel, rough to touch( *See Cultural Notes below for more about this type fabric).
Description: The fabric design is same on both sides, a grid of rounded diamond shapes with small cross-shapes and smaller diamonds and square cross shapes within; largest dimension of diamond shapes is 3 inches / 7.62 cm long ( see close-ups).
| *Cultural Background Note:
From English version, www.nippon-kichi.jp:
Tsumugi are silk textiles woven by hand using thread collected from the floss of the cocoons.
The floss is made from debris of the cocoons and spun by hand into thread. Because the thread is called “tetsumugi ito” or “ tsumugi ito”, the textile made from the thread became to be known as tsumugi.
Tsumugi is characterized by its unique texture and dull gloss coming from subtle variations of the tsumugi threads. It is extremely durable and has been used for everyday clothes and working clothes since ancient times....(read more)
To read the rest of this page and learn more about tsumugi, please visit: www.nippon-kichi.jp
Also, from Immortal Geisha Wiki, more tsumugi info HERE.