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6704: 1930s-50s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, Piece 54"(AraiHari)

6704: 1930s Asa Hemp Fabric, closeup

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1930s-1950s Asa (HempFlax) Fabric 
Arai-Hari

Width: 14  inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 54"/ 137.16 cm

Catalog# 6704:

US$20.00 per piece

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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:  Very lightweight, translucent, and mesh-like fabric is called Asa, flax or hemp-based traditional fabric made in Japan for centuries up until the 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 thinner and lighter than many we see, so it might have been intended for use in making a garment of some type (probably work garment); as a result, this piece has more drape than usual for asa; Background color is black with designs in off-white. Motifs are several different geometric shapes rendered by small thin lines; The arrangement of the rows is somewhat of a checkerboard layout, rows of hash-marks alternating with the various rectangular shapes (See close-ups).

Condition: Excellent for its age.
$ 20.00

6704: 1930s-50s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, Piece 54"(AraiHari)