5865: SOLD1960's Japanese Doro (Mud)Ohshima Pongee Silk Tsumugi, 55 inches

5865 Doro mud-dyed Ohshima tsumugi silk, 1 yd view

Catalog# 5865 


  Rare Japanese Textiles:

1960's  Doro(Mud-dyed) Ohshima Tsumugi (Pongee) Silk Fabric

Width:14.5 inches / 36.83 cm
Length: 55 inches / 139.7 cm

US$20.00 per piece

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree:  1960's Deadstock lightweight  Doro (mud-dyed)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 brown, brown and tan color background with interwoven geometric designs which are symmetrically arranged; designs also made by the interweaving process and in tiny pixelated screen-like patterns (see close-ups).

Conition: EXCELLENT,

Popular with our antique Japanese textile aficionados and collectors.

$ 20.00

5865: SOLD1960's Japanese Doro (Mud)Ohshima Pongee Silk Tsumugi, 55 inches