Antique asanoha silk reclaimed from an omeshi silk kimono
Beautiful pieces of fabric reclaimed from a gorgeous purple and white antique omeshi silk kimono.
The pieces include the following sizes in this package:
- 2 pieces @ 328 x 37.5 cm
- 2 pieces @ 100 x 37.5 cm
- 1 piece @ 92 x 18 cm
- 1 piece @ 208 x 18 cm
- 2 pieces @ 152 x 18 cm
All are in antique used excellent condition and could be used to make any kind of craft project you can imagine. It woudl be super in a dress, shirt, or a patchwork project, for making scarves, bags or pillows.
• 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.
• Omeshi: A textile woven with strongly twisted pre-dyed silk threads. There are two types of Omeshi, one is Hiraori-Omeshi and the other is Chirimen Omeshi. By 1960, Omeshi Kimonos hold 80% of Kimono market share, but now, produced only in small quantities. Omeshi Kimonos were ranked the highest in pre-dyed silk Kimonos, and were extremely valuable. Its texture is firmer than Chirimen