7285: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi,59 inches Arai-Hari

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 Rare Japanese Textiles:

1960's Ohshima  Tsumugi (Pongee) Silk Fabric

Catalog# 7285

Width:14.5 inches / 36.83 cm
Length: 59 inches / 149.86 cm

List Price: US$20.00 per piece
Sale Price: US$10.00
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Item Details and Description:

Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960's 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 .)

This is a special delicate lightweight  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:

Thin fabric, slightly translucent Oshima Tsumugi silk with design the same on both sides; Background color is a black but mostly all the weaving renders this a gray-blue color; motif is a checkerboard type configuration of 3.25 inches/8.26cm X 2.25 inches/5.71cm blocks; There are 2 type block designs which alternate: one is a rounded flower orb, the other is a smaller circle(with spokes) and flared lines from the center to each corner; slight sheen to this soft fabric; little drape.

NOTE: All designs of this fabric are the result of a pixelated effect, tiny pixelated lines created in the weaving/dyeing process; selvage on both sides is .25 inch (6.35mm); minimal drape.

Recommended for making scarf/accessories.

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 $ 10.00

7285: 1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi,59 inches Arai-Hari