6343: 1960s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, Piece 57"(AraiHari)
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1960s Asa (HempFlax) Fabric
Width: 14.25 inches / 36.2 cm
Length: 57"/ 144.78 cm
US$15.00 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, translucent mesh-like fabric is called Asa, a flax or hemp-based traditional fabric made in Japan for centuries up until the 1950s; Asa is usually harder than silk or cotton 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 many we see, so it might have been intended for use in making a kimono; as a result, this piece has more drape than usual for asa; Color is a dark charcoal-gray.
NOTE RE: PICTURES -- The tiny micro-mesh quality of the weave is evident in our pictures, especially the close-up; the main picture is on a desktop which is light-pine brown(yellow quality) in color beneath the fabric, the close-up also has a ruler beneath the fabric to show it's strong translucence.
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