6945: 1960s Mud-Dyed Japanese Silk Doro-Ohshima Tsumugi, 56in. AraiHari

6945: 1960s Doro Oshima Silk, long view

Catalog# 6945

1960s  Rare Japanese Textiles:

Doro (Mud-dyed)Ohshima Tsumugi
(pongee) Silk Fabric

Width:14.75 inches / 37.47 cm
Length: 56 inches / 142.24 cm

US$22.00 per piece

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960's lightweight doro ohshima tsumugi (mud-dyed) fabric from kimono pieces  from an Arai Hari (special Japanese kimono cleaner -- see info on Arai-Hari HERE from John Marshall, expert on Japanese textiles .

Fabric Description Details:

This lightweight dark-brown fabric is slightly translucent, fully interwoven with tan tiny  pixels used to create the figures/designs; Also, the warp/woof of weave is visible as tiny rectangular mesh appearance (seen up close); To our eye, the motifs are not typical Japanese, symmetrical array of figures resembling European designs, yet do have some classic elements, such as arrow-feathers, chrysanthemums and large 4-leaf figures (8 inches / 20.32) at longest dimension; designs the same on both sides; see close-ups.

Recommended for making scarf or accessories.


There are various types of older Ohshima Tsumugi silk that involve tsumugi using mud, indigo, and grass or plants in the dyeing process.

To learn about the older Ohshima textiles, there are details on that aspect of Japan's special pongee silk-making process which can be found on the National Foundation for Promoting the National Costume of Japan website. The site explains the natural plant dyes and mud  etc. used in making older (1960s and earlier) Ohshima Tsumugi silks, 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."
$ 15.00

6945: 1960s Mud-Dyed Japanese Silk Doro-Ohshima Tsumugi, 56in. AraiHari