7153:1950s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, Piece, 57 in.AraiHari

7153:1950s Japanese Asa Hemp, long View

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950s Asa (HempFlax) Fabric 

Width: 14  inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 57 inches / 144.78 cm

Catalog# 7153:

US$20.00 per piece

Fabric History/Pedigree: Pieces received from a 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 while stiff, is still softer than most Asa we see from this period, so it was probably intended for use in making a summer kimono or coat; Background color is navy-blue with designs in white; the motif is a grid of vertical bands (1.475 inches/3.49cm) and horizontal bands (1 inch /2.54cm) wide; The white bands' designs are rendered with tiny geometric fine-line meshes, and diagonal zig-zag lines (Please view close-ups); same on both sides.

Note on colors: As all devices have differing colorations, please use our text descriptions of colors to complement your sense of the contrast and color of the images of the fabric.

Recommended for making scarf or accessory; also of interest to Japanese textile collectors and designers
Condition: Excellent for its age.
$ 20.00

7153:1950s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, Piece, 57 in.AraiHari