6432: 1980's Deadstock Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 1 yard
1980s Deadstock Rare Japanese Textiles:
Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Fabric
Width:14 inches / 38.1 cm
Length: 1 yard / 91cm
US$10.00 per yard
USA Shipping included under 4lbs package weight
Item Details and Description
Fabric History/Pedigree: This is a lightweight 1980s deadstock Ohshima tsumugi silk (new but unsold stock) from Amami Ohshima, Japan. Label intact, certified Ohshima (Island) Tsumugi silk; 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:
The design is the same on both sides, the weave is tiny lateral stripe-stitched, the background is a combination of black and navy-blue with designs interwoven with light dull silver, burgundy red, and lighter shades of blue(see closeups for views of stripe-stitches); flowers are peonies and perhaps daffodils.
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