6193:1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 58in.(AraiHari)

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Catalog# 6193 

1960's Deadstock  Rare Japanese Textiles: 
 
Ohshima Tsumugi  Silk Fabric Piece

Width:14.5 inches / 36.83 cm

Length: 58 Inches / 147.32 cm

US$15.00 per piece

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree:
Pieces received from traditional Japanese kimono cleaner/reconstructor called Arai-Hari -- see an excellent explanation of traditional Arai Hari by textile expert John Marshall,by click-pushing HERE.
 
This is a  lightweight rare Japanese silk, a used vintage 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:

Background is black with hint of green with designs in darker moss-green, dark browns, off-white silver; the figures are rendered by use of tiny line stitching with larger shapes being 3.25 inches (9.53cm); the smaller figures are geometric in style and the larger seem a stylized flower design (see close-ups). 

Condition: EXCELLENT.

$ 15.00

6193:1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 58in.(AraiHari)