6336: 1950s Japanese Asa(FlaxHemp) Fabric, Piece 44"(AraiHari)
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950s Asa (HempFlax)Fabric Piece
Width: 14.25 inches / 36.2 cm
Length: 44"/ 111.76 cm
US$12.00 per piece
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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.
Fabric Description: Lightweight fabric is called Asa, a flax or hemp-based tradtional fabric made in Japan for centuries up intil the 1950s; Asa is usually hard and has utilitarian purposes such as coverings, screen mesh, work clothing; Asa is stronger and lasts longer than cotton; This particular piece is thinner and lighter than most we see, so it might have been blended with a bit of silk for use in making a kimono; as a result this piece has more drape than usual for asa; Color appears solid from distance but it is entirely interwoven with classic design, a starburst grid with small elements; this pattern is seen in Edo Period (1800s or earlier) as a stylized hemp-leaf lines design (see our last picture for close-up).
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