7384-2:1960s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, Piece 50"(AraiHari)Floral

73842:1960s Asa Hemp kimono fabric,long

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1960s Asa (HempFlax) Fabric (Arai-Hari)
Summer Kimono Fabric, Spring Motifs

Width: 14.5 inches / 36.83 cm
Length: 50 inches/ 127 cm

Catalog# 7384-2:

US$18.00 per piece
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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: Thin and lightweight, this translucent mesh-like gray-blue fabric is called Asa, a 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, summer kimono.

Asa is stronger and lasts longer than cotton; This particular piece is thinner and has designs; the fabric is lighter and softer than many we see from the same period -- was taken from a garment; the Design is of many sorts of flowers (cherry blossoms, chrysanthemums, iris, bellflowers) as well as bamboo leaves butterflies and two streams curving in a cascade down the fabric; please see close-ups; Design colors are light-gray-ish white.

Recommended for making scarf or accessories, and for Japanese antique textile aficionados.

Condition: Excellent.
$ 18.00

7384-2:1960s Japanese Asa(HempFlax) Fabric, Piece 50"(AraiHari)Floral