6043: 1950s Mud-Dyed Japanese Silk Doro-Ohshima Tsumugi, 56in. AraiHari
1950s Rare Japanese Textiles:
Doro (Mud-dyed)Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Fabric
Width:14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 56 inches / 142.24 cm
US$25.00 per piece
Item Details and Description
Fabric Description Details:
This lightweight dark-brown fabric has interwoven various geometric figures arranged in a symmetrical grid throughout; the designs are white, pixelated, and use fine lines and points to create the various shapes (see close-ups); designs the same on both sides.
BACKGROUND JAPANESE TEXTILES CULTURAL NOTES:
There are various types of older Ohshima Tsumugi silk which involve tsumugi using mud, indigo and grass or plants in the dyeing process.
To learn about the older Ohshima textiles, there are details on that aspect of Japan's special pongee silk-making process which can be found on the National Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan website. The site explains the natural plant dyes and mud etc. used in making older (1960s and earlier) Ohshima Tsumugi silks, quoted here: