6329: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 54in.(AraiHari)
1960's Deadstock Rare Japanese Textiles:
Ohshima Tsumugi Silk Fabric Piece
Width:14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 54 Inches / 137.16 cm
US$15.00 per piece
Item Details and Description
Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960's pieces derived from deadstock roll of kimono mock-silk; (Deadstock means old inventory which is like new but has been in storage, never been used);
This is a light-medium weight Japanese silk, an unused 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:
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