7607: 1960s Deadstock Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi,62inches

7607:1960s Ohshima Tsumugi Silk,middle

Deadstock 1980's Ohshima  Tsumugi (Pongee) Silk Fabric

Modernistic/Abstract Geometrics

Catalog# 7607

Width:14.625(5/8) inches / 37.15 cm
Length: 62 inches / 157.48 cm

US$18.00 per piece
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Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960s fabric from factory deadstock (Unused, just old from a previous time.)

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:

Lightweight, minimally translucent Oshima Tsumugi silk fabric with design the same on both sides; Background color is tan, with a puzzle-like arrangement of many odd, multisided rectangular blocks, all in the following light pastel type colors: (all muted) light burgundy, light orange, and light mustard with lines of the puzzle also tan; as is typical of Ohshima Tsumugi of this time, the patterns are rendered in using tiny pixelated micro-dots in symmetrical rectangular (all 90degrees angles)grid pattern (please view closeups); The nature of the weave is such that the fabric has slight sheen; same on both sides.

Recommended for making scarf/accessories.

NOTE: All designs are the result of a pixelated effect: tiny pixelated lines, dots, created in the weaving/dyeing process (please see closeups); selvage on both sides is .125(1/8th)inch (3.17mm); fabric slightly stiff, some drape. 

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.

$ 18.00

7607: 1960s Deadstock Japanese Pongee Silk Ohshima Tsumugi,62inches