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6733: 1930s-50s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, Piece 51"(AraiHari)

6733: 1930s Asa Hemp Piece,LongView

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

Width: 13.75  inches / 34.92 cm
Length: 51"/ 129.54 cm

Catalog# 6733:

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 lightly textured 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, lighter and softer than most we see from this period, so it was probably intended for use in making a summer kimono or coat; as a result, this piece has more drape than usual for asa; Background color is dark chocolate brown with designs in dark opal-blues, and bands in different grays.
We have never seen a motif quite like this from this period, we're not totally sure of the designs but the bird shapes might be swallows or perhaps stylized cranes; the bands with the ragged striped ends seem like some sort of fabric or fabric- hanging motif; Within these bands there are stylized waves patterns; a most distinctive piece.
Recommended for making scarf or accessory.

Condition: Excellent for its age.
$ 20.00

6733: 1930s-50s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, Piece 51"(AraiHari)