Antique green rainbow woven asanoha wool fabric
An absolutely gorgeous fine woven woollen fabric with a reversible, green and rainbow coloured asanoha pattern with stripes.. this fabric has it all! Firm but soft, light but durable, and excellent condition makes this a great choice for all of your projects.
In excellent unused condition (see photos), it’s 36 cm wide and sold by the meter.
• 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.