6391: 1950s Japanese Asa(FlaxHemp) Fabric, Piece 56"(AraiHari)
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
Rare 1930s-50s Asa (HempFlax)Fabric Piece
Width: 13.5 inches / 34.29 cm
Length: 56"/ 142.24 cm
US$25.00 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: This lightweight and translucent black fabric is called Asa, flax or hemp-based traditional fabric made in Japan for centuries up until the 1950s; This piece is probably made 1930s to 1950s; Asa is usually hard and has utilitarian purposes such as coverings, screen mesh, work clothing; Asa is stronger and lasts longer than cotton but it has a rough textured feel to it; The designs are interwoven and larger strokes of a classic hemp-leaf motif, as well as a few small accent flowers, all in grays; Fabric likely intended originally for a summer-wear garment of some kind.
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