7155: 1930s-1950s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, 61 in. Arai-Hari

7155: 1930s Japan Asa Hemp,Long view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1930s-1950s Asa (HempFlax) Fabric 

Width: 14  inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 61 inches / 154.94 cm

Catalog# 7155:

US$22.00 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 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 and lighter than most asa we see from this period, so it was probably intended for use in making a summer kimono; The weave of this fabric leaves it with a  rough, striated (lengthwise/top to bottom) texture with shifts of the coloration (This is hard to detect in photos, but please view our last close-up image); Background color is hard to name, a sort of dark colonial blue with hints of dark green; the motifs are of grapevines: grapes and leaves; colors of motifs are gray. black and light mustard(grapes); (please view closeups); 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.

Perhaps of interest to Japanese textile collectors and designers.
Condition: Excellent for its age.
$ 22.00

7155: 1930s-1950s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, 61 in. Arai-Hari