5570: 1940's Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi, by yard

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Catalog# 5570

1950s Deadstock  Rare Japanese Textiles: 
Certified OhshimaTsumugi  Silk Fabric

Width:14.25 inches / 36.2 cm

Length: 1 yard / 91cm

US$15.00 per yard

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 

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."

Fabric Description Details:

The design is same on both sides, designs are varying pixelated (composed of tiny dots via interweaving) to produce complex vertical (lengthwise) bands of about 1.6 inches /4.06 cm horizontal bands with different and complex geometric designs throughout; some flowers are accented with vermilion-red; Colors are dark chocolate-brown (almost black) with tiny dots in white ; In original bindings and label.

Rarely found, popular among Antique Japanese textile aficionados and collectors.

Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for its age.

$ 15.00

5570: 1940's Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi, by yard