6630 1960s Japanese Asa(Hemp/Flax) Fabric, Piece 42"(AraiHari)
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1960s Asa (Hemp/Flax) Fabric
Width: 14.75 inches / 37.47 cm
Length: 42"/ 106.68 cm
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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 thin lightweight and translucent mesh-like fabric is called Asa, a flax or hemp-based traditional fabric made in Japan for centuries up until the 1950s or 1960s; Asa is usually harder than silk or cotton and has utilitarian purposes such as coverings, screen mesh, work clothing; Asa is stronger and lasts longer than cotton; This particular piece is stiffer in the hand, but thinner and lighter than much older asa we see, so it might have been intended for use in making a garment of some type. (probably a summer garment); this appears to have a Kasuri-like interweaving of a grid composed of small figures that are made of tiny evenly geometric shapes(lined); Fabric is black, the interwoven designs are faint off-white.
Regular price $ 125.00 Sale price $ 105.00