6256: 1950s Japanese Ohshima Tsumugi Silk, 59in. AraiHari
1950s Rare Japanese Textiles:
Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Fabric
Width:13.5 inches / 34.29 cm
Length: 59 inches / 149.86 cm
US$15.00 per piece
Item Details and Description
Fabric Description Details:
This lightweight black fabric has interwoven 1/8 (.125) inch/ 3.17mm square figures arranged in symmetrical rows throughout, same on both sides; the designs are tan (see close-ups).
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: