6446: 1930s Japanese Asa-Silk Blend Fabric, Piece 56"(AraiHari)
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
Rare 1930s-50s Asa (HempFlax)-Silk Blend Fabric Piece
Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 58 inches / 147.32 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: This most unusual piece is a very lightweight and translucent rust-red fabric, silk blended with Asa, (a 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 as this is blended with silk, it is stiff but not as rough-textured as the all-asa fabric; There are intermittently spaced accents in metallic silver and gold colors; the designs are interwoven diagonal and geometric lines running lengthwise, with various hash marks, plus signs etc, all in tan lines; reverse is a negative, tan background with rust-red lines; Fabric likely intended originally for making a summer-wear garment of some kind.
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