6847: 1930s-50s Rare Japanese Amami Ohshima Silk Certified, By Yard

6847: 1930s Doro Ohshima Tsumugi,yard

Catalog# 6847

1930s-50s Deadstock Japanese Textiles: 

Rare Certified Ohshima Doro (Mud)Tsumugi  Silk Fabric

Width:14.25 / 36.2 cm
Length: 1 yard / 91.44 cm

US$20.00 per yard

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 

This is a lightweight deadstock Ohshima doro(mud) tsumugi silk (new but unsold stock) from Amami Islands, Japan. Details on this part of Japan's special pongee silk-making process can be found on the National Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan website, which  explains the natural plant dyes and mud  etc. used in making Ohshima Tsumugi, quoted here:
Characteristics: A plain woven silk fabric with pre-dyed scoured threads both for warp and weft. The color is refined and calm and the fabric is soft and difficult to wrinkle. Threads are dyed with plant dyes such as "Techiki" (Raphilolepis umbellata) and indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) with a technique, peculiar only to "Oshima Tsumugi," called "Ori Jime." As a variety, an additional treatment is made to the dyed thread by dipping them in muddy water. It is "Doro(mud) Zome(dyeing)." There are several kinds of "Oshima Tsumugi":"Doro Oshima," "Ai(indigo) Oshima," "Doro Ai Oshima," "Iro(color) Oshima" and "Natsu(summer) Oshima."

Fabric Description Details:

From a  full 12 yds(about 11m) roll with original factory (Honba) labels of Ohshima Tsumugi silk certification intact; The design is the same on both sides, designs are complex* diagonally arranged bands that have zig-zag parallel lines within as well as highlighted square shapes that themselves have flower designs;  Dominant colors are from dark-brown, black to tan;  very distinctive indeed.

*Design Notes:  Intricate & complex shapes made by pixelated designs; see close-ups for varied small-point pixels/fine lines to render shapes and figures of the designs. 

Colors: Reminder to use our text descriptions of colors to complement your sense of the colors, since colors and contrast differ on different devices.

Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for its age.

NOTE: If buying multiple yards of this fabric it will be sent in one uncut length.

This fabric is one we seldom find; popular among Antique Japanese textile aficionados and fashion designers.

$ 20.00

6847: 1930s-50s Rare Japanese Amami Ohshima Silk Certified, By Yard