Asa Textiles: Natural Bast Fiber

Asa is a general term used to refer to cloth woven from bast fiber such as ramie, hemp, linden, wisteria, nettle, kudzu, etc. Asa is akin to linen.  We offer mainly hemp and ramie examples, often hand plied and hand woven, as they were the most common asa fibers woven in Japan.
A Length of Hemp Kaya or Mosquito Netting: Two Nice Patches

A Length of Hemp Kaya or Mosquito Netting: Two Nice Patches

early twentieth century62 1/2" x 14 1/4", 159 cm x 36 cm ... (more)

A Length of Hand Painted Ramie Cloth: Child's 19th Century Kimono

A Length of Hand Painted Ramie Cloth: Child's 19th Century Kimono

ate nineteenth century39" x 6 1/2", 99 cm x 16.5 cm This ... (more)

A Piece of Precious Bashofu: Banana Fiber Cloth from Okinawa

A Piece of Precious Bashofu: Banana Fiber Cloth from Okinawa

late nineteenth, early twentieth century22" x 12 1/4", 56... (more)

A Finely Woven Hemp or Ramie Furoshiki: Sashiko Stitched Detail

A Finely Woven Hemp or Ramie Furoshiki: Sashiko Stitched Detail

early twentieth century43" x 37 1/4", 109.25 cm x 94.5 cm... (more)

A Piece of Precious Bashofu: Banana Fiber Cloth from Okinawa

A Piece of Precious Bashofu: Banana Fiber Cloth from Okinawa

late nineteenth, early twentieth century24 3/4" x 12 1/2"... (more)

A Horn Bag or Tsunobukuro: Green Persimmon Dyed Bast Fiber

A Horn Bag or Tsunobukuro: Green Persimmon Dyed Bast Fiber

early twentieth century51" x 13", 129.5 cm x 33 cm This i... (more)

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