7602-2:1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 41inches Arai-Hari

76022: 1960s Ohshima Tsumugi Silk,41in.

 Rare Japanese Textiles:

1960's Ohshima  Tsumugi (Pongee) Silk Fabric

Catalog# 7602-2

Width:14.25 inches / 36.2 cm
Length: 41 inches / 104.14 cm

US$16.00 per piece
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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 .)

Description: This is a special delicate lightweight, slightly translucent  Ohshima tsumugi silk from Amami Islands, Japan; The Fabric is black with two bands running lengthwise (warp); the yellow one is 1.25 inches/ 31.75mm wide, the blue one is 4.5 inches / 11.43cm wide; also, there are 1/4 inch / 6.35mm blue fringes on each side; Please view our closeups to note the typical very tiny and intricate, pixelated nature of the colored bands;

Cultural Background Information:

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."

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.

$ 16.00

7602-2:1960's Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi, 41inches Arai-Hari