5767: SOLD 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Tsumugi, 50 inches

5767: 1960s Japanese tsumugi silk, 50 inches piece

Catalog# 5767 


  Rare Japanese Textiles:

1960's   Tsumugi (Pongee) Silk Fabric

Width:14.25 inches / 36.2 cm
Length: 50 inches / 152.4 cm

US$12.00 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 special lightweight  Ohshima tsumugi silk 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, dark green and black background; fabric appears black in lower light; throughout the fabric on closer examination there are tiny mesh pattern lines caused by the interweaving process; Interwoven motifs are larger (4" x 4" / 10.2 x 10.2 cm) squares in black; These are geometrical figures (with cursive elements) which repeat symmetrically throughout; subtle yet distinctive.

NOTE ON PICTURES: Our two close-ups are intentionally over-exposed to better reveal the motif designs; also, our first large picture is closer in color of fabric as viewed in room light.

Condition: EXCELLENT,

Popular with our antique Japanese textile aficionados and collectors.

$ 12.00

5767: SOLD 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Tsumugi, 50 inches