7070: 1980's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi,55 inches

7070:1980s Ohshima Tsumugi Silk, long

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  Traditional Japanese Textiles:

1980's Ohshima  Tsumugi (Pongee) Silk Fabric

Catalog# 7070

Width:14.5 inches / 36.83 cm
Length: 55 inches / 139.8 cm

List Price: US$18.00 per piece
Sale Price: US$9.00 per piece
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Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 1980's fabric from kimono pieces from deadstock rolls.
This is a medium-weight  Ohshima tsumugi silk 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:

Thicker, stiff, Tsumugi silk with designs the same on both sides: Motifs included -- Classic Asa no ha*  (hemp leaf pattern, see cultural background below) mixed with various geometric fields; Fabric is not translucent at all; Background color is black, with navy blue and lighter blues throughout; Designs of the asa-no-ha type are included with a good variety of other geometric field shapes common in Japanese art, to include: crests, diamond and rectangular and square shapes in symmetrical and maze grid looks; There are a few accents in deep red; Note the pixelated fields within all the various patterns(please see closeups).

*Asa-no-ha (hemp leaf): Patterns in Japanese Culture: See excellent explanation from Kateigaho Int'l Magazine(Japan) HERE.

Colors: Please use our text color descriptions to complement your sense of the fabric due to differences in contrast and color on different devices.

Condition: EXCELLENT,

Popular with our antique Japanese textile aficionados and collectors.

Regular price $ 0.00 Sale price $ 9.00

7070: 1980's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi,55 inches