Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1930s-1950s Japanese Pongee Silk
Deadstock Ladies Silk Kimono Fabric by yard
Yuuki Tsumugi *(not Ohshima)
(Japanese Paste-resist Dyed, like Batik)
Width: 13.75 inches / 34.92 cm
Length: 1 yard / 91.44 cm
US$15.00 per yard
USA Shipping included under 4 pounds package weight
Item Details and Description
Rare 1930s-50s Japanese pongee silk fabric from Yuuki, a town in Ibaraki province on the central east coast of Japan (province below Fukushima); deadstock (like new, never used from another era) for use in making silk kimono; 100% Japanese silk; Received as
a full bolt with original maker's label; designs shown are
continuous on both sides; this is a Roketsuzome
type wax-resist textile dyeing technique in
Japan, akin to Indonesian batik
; Learn about this type fabric HERE
. This is a type of tsumugi (pongee) silk called,Yuuki Tsumugi,
but not from Ohshima Island like most of the tsumugi silk we have.
*Cultural Background on Yuuki Tsumugi:
This is perhaps one of the oldest dyed silks made in Japan, going back centuries to 800AD. The Cultural Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan (kimono.or.jp) has an excellent article on the history and making of Yuuki Tsumugi, excerpt below:
History: The pongee was well known as "Hitachi Ashiginu"( a fabric woven with thick and rough silk threads) in the Heian Period and as "Hitachi Tsumugi" in the Kamakura Period. In 1602 the name was changed to "Yuki Tsumugi" as it became an item for presenting to the Shogun.... (to read more about Yuuki Tsumugi please click-push HERE.
Fabric Type: Light-medium weight roketsu-zome silk originally for use in making nicer woman's kimono; the fabric is slightly textured, no-sheen; motifs are in various sized geometric shapes, some with geometric figures within, but most of them with diagonally aligned speckled shapes; Colors of the various designs are mostly darker earth tones and dark burgundy-red and black; other colors: dark mustard, tan, grays, and several shades of light brown; Note the label in the last image which has an image of a loom and shapes which look like peanuts -- but they are actually representing silkworms.
Colors: Please use our text color descriptions to complement your sense of the fabric due to differences in contrast and color on different devices.
NOTE: Multiple lengths ordered will be sent in one uncut piece.