7128:1960s Mud-Dyed Japanese Silk Doro-Ohshima Tsumugi, 37in. AraiHari

7128:1960s Doro Mud Ohshima Silk,long

Catalog# 7128

1960s  Rare Japanese Textiles:

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

Width: 14.25 inches / 36.22 cm
Length: 37 inches / 93.98 cm

US$18.00 per piece

Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960s 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 thin, translucent, lightweight very dark-brown fabric (almost black) is slightly translucent, with varying shades of tan to medium-brown circular figures of various sizes placed randomly throughout the fabric; The figures are rendered using pixelated lines/designs that include a Yin-Yang (or Mandala) orb, spoked-wheels, geometrics flowers,and corona circle figures; Largest is about 3 inches (7.62cm) diameter, smallest is just under 1.5 inches (38.1mm) diameter; also rows/columns of 3 connected small diamond shapes; please see close-ups.

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


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."
$ 18.00

7128:1960s Mud-Dyed Japanese Silk Doro-Ohshima Tsumugi, 37in. AraiHari