6709: 1960s Japanese Deadstock Silk Fabric, Temari Balls,54in. Piece

6709: 1960s Japanese Deadstock Silk Fabric, Temari Balls,54in. Piece

Vintage Japanese Textiles:

1960s Deadstock Silk Kimono Fabric Piece

Decorated Temari Balls, Geometrics,
Asa-no-ha (Hemp Leaf Designs)*

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

Catalog# 6709:

US$12.00 per piece

USA Shipping included under 4 pounds package weight


Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960s Deadstock Japanese Kimono silk.

Fabric Description: Deadstock (new, never used but from another era) lightweight silk piece from the 1960s; minimally translucent, print on one side, somewhat visible on reverse; Background color is a light lavender with geometric  1.5 inches / 38.11m wide bands composed of 'asa-no-ha'(* see note below) that create squares overlaying the white and black rectangles; the squares themselves are arrayed in even rows; colors in designs include: red, dark moss-green, yellow, peach, white, and black; The bands of Asa-no-ha (hemp leaf designs) in the second/mid layer are in burnished gold color.

This design is very distinctive featuring the appearance of three layers-- at the bottom, solid dark lavender, then rows of white and black squares, and last, the Temari balls and flowers on top (3rd, upper layer); the largest Temari ball is just over 5 inches / 12.7 cm diameter; there are also cranes, mon(crests), chrysanthemums and cherry blossoms within the Temari balls; A decorative cord meanders lengthwise;  No sheen and very little drape.

* Cultural Background Information: 

  •  Asa-no-Ha (hemp leaves): This is a classic motif in Japanese art based on Asa, a hemp/flax-based fabric used in Japan for centuries up till mid 20th Century; Asa no Ha were historically patterns used in depictions of garments worn by royalty or aristocratic class in Feudal Japan.

  • What is Asa? In the centuries before cotton was commonly used in Japan, asa was a major fabric used in pre-modern times; It is a fabric that used flax or hemp plants instead of cotton, a traditional fabric made in Japan for centuries up until the 1950s-60s; Asa is usually hard and rough to the touch when woven to be used for utilitarian purposes such as coverings, screen mesh, curtains, etc.; We sometimes see (but not as often these days) old work clothing or aprons in thicker rough asa; Asa is stronger and lasts longer than cotton, it is ideal for summer wear because the fabric breathes and wicks moisture very well, keeping the body cool, even better than cotton; in the latter cases the asa will be woven to be softer and thinner.

Condition: Excellent.
Regular price $ 0.00 Sale price $ 12.00

6709: 1960s Japanese Deadstock Silk Fabric, Temari Balls,54in. Piece