Antique woven asanoha wool fabric
This gorgeous red on black woven wool fabric is really mesmerising. The pattern seems to flicker visually on the surface and move. It is a very classy looking material that would make a gorgeous shirt, dress, jacket or other refined project.
This is not a scratchy or heavy wool but a refined and smooth fabric that drapes beautifully and is very elegant. It is fully reversible and in excellent condition for it’s age.
The antique bolt from which it comes is a double length one that was intended for a matching kimono and haori short jacket.
The fabric is 35 cm wide and you are ordering it in 1 meter units. If you order more than one, it will come to you as one piece.
• Asanoha: The Asanoha pattern is one of the most popular traditional patterns often seen on Japanese kimono. Asanoha means: Asa = hemp: no = of: ha = leaf. The regular geometric pattern, though abstract, represents overlapping hemp leaves. Asanoha can be combined with other seasonal motifs including ume and kikko, or feature as the primary element of the design. In ancient Japan, hemp, along with ramie, linden, elm, wisteria and mulberry, were used for making clothing, fibers and paper.
The wives of merchants would wear it, to bring good fortune to the wearer. Because hemp was known for its rapid growth, the pattern was often used for clothes of newborn children.
“…[p]arents hoped that infants wearing it would develop with the vigor and toughness of the hemp plant.” The Book of Japanese Design, Kyusaburo Kaiyama.