5968: 1950's Japanese Silk Kimono Fabric Piece, Tsumugi. 54", Arai-Hari
Width:14.25 inches / 36.2 cm
Length: 54 Inches / 137.16 cm
US$15.00 / piece
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Item Details and Description
1950'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 lightweight deadstock tsumugi silk (new but unsold stock) from Amami Islands, Japan; Japanese vintage silk kimono fabric originally used to make a woman's kimono; Lightweight tsumugi silk, slightly translucent; designs the same on both sides; has a slightly rough texture similar to the feel of raw unprocessed silks (before being dyed); Background is dark purple, almost navy-blue with designs in browns, burgundy and off-white; Motifs are rectangular shapes, 2.25 " X .75 " (5.71 cm X 1.91 cm) with four squares in parallel, all configured in almost checkerboard fashion. (See close-ups).
Background Information on Tsumugi:
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."
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