5852: 1960s Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi,by yard

5852: 1960s Ohshima Tsumugi silk, 1 yard view

Catalog# 5852

1960's Deadstock  Rare Japanese Textiles: 
OhshimaTsumugi  Silk Fabric

Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm

Length: 1 yard / 91cm

US$10.00 per yard

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 

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 geometric design is the same on both sides, designs are varying pixelated lined checkerboard patterns (composed of tiny lines via interweaving); Color of background is a charcoal black with the shapes as described in a mix of very dark greens, coppers, grays and dark tan. muted dark greens; fabric is slightly translucent.

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

Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for its age.

$ 10.00

5852: 1960s Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi,by yard