6557: 1960s Mud-Dyed Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi,29 in.

6557: 1960s Mud Ohshima Silk, 29in.view

Catalog# 6557

1960s Rare Japanese Textiles:

Doro (Mud-dyed)Ohshima Tsumugi (pongee) Silk Fabric, Arai-Hari

Width:14.75 inches / 37.47 cm
Length: 29 inches / 73.66 cm

US$15.00 per piece

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960's lightweight doro ohshima tsumugi (mud-dyed) fabric from kimono pieces  from an Arai Hari (special Japanese kimono cleaner -- see info on Arai-Hari HERE from John Marshall, expert on Japanese textiles .

Fabric Description Details:

Lightweight fabric has interwoven mesh tan and various shades of brown colored designs with some off-white areas; designs are rendered by weaving process, noting tiny rectangular(pixels) components -- see close-ups), in dark-brown background fabric; same on both sides; very slightly translucent; Motifs are large 8 inches (20.32 cm) diameter layered floral figures which are on alternating sides running vertically.

NOTE ON COLORS: Please use our text descriptions of colors since devices vary as to contrast and color hues shown.


There are various types of older Ohshima Tsumugi silk which involve tsumugi using mud, indigo and grass or plants in the dyeing process.

To learn about the older Ohshima textiles, there are details on that aspect of Japan's special pongee silk-making process which can be found on the National Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan website. The site explains the natural plant dyes and mud  etc. used in making older (1960s and earlier) Ohshima Tsumugi silks, 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."
$ 15.00

6557: 1960s Mud-Dyed Japanese Pongee Silk Rare Ohshima Tsumugi,29 in.