6577:1930s-1950s Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 58in.(AraiHari)

6577:1930s Ohshima Tsumugi silk, long

Catalog# 6577 

1930s-1950s Rare Japanese Textiles: 
Ohshima Tsumugi  Silk Fabric Piece

Width:14.5 inches / 36.83 cm

Length: 58 Inches / 147.32 cm

US$25.00 per piece

Item Details and Description

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.
This is a  lightweight rare Japanese silk, a used vintage Ohshima tsumugi silk  from Amami Islands, Japan. 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 background of this lightweight and slightly translucent fabric is dark solid brown with designs in light tan, green, and some iron-red; motifs are Temari balls with scalloped edges, all of which have different figures within, to include: pine trees, bamboo leaves, thatch work, dotted shibori-like patterned fields and flowers (stylized peonies in iron red?); The largest orb is 11 inches (27.94 cm) in diameter; Note the thin selvage tan lines running along both sides; Designs are the same on both sides. This is a highly distinctive piece whose design we rarely see from this period, truly exceptional.

We feel this is suitable for framing, but would also be nice for making scarf or accessories.

Condition: EXCELLENT condition for its age.

$ 25.00

6577:1930s-1950s Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 58in.(AraiHari)