6522: 1980's Deadstock Japanese Pongee Silk Tsumugi, 1 yard

6522: 1980s tsumugi silk, yard view

Catalog# 6522

1980s Deadstock  Rare Japanese Textiles:

Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Fabric

Width:14.5 inches / 36.83 cm
Length: 1 yard / 91.44cm

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) 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 pixels in off-white on a dark indigo (almost black) background with designs interwoven and same on both sides; Selvedge on both sides is 1/2 inch (12.7mm) so actual design is 13.5 inches (34.29 cm) wide.

Condition: EXCELLENT.
$ 10.00

6522: 1980's Deadstock Japanese Pongee Silk Tsumugi, 1 yard