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 Shinafu: Linden Fiber Mesh

A Length of Shinafu: Linden Fiber Mesh

early twentieth century73" x 14", 185.5 cm x 35.5 cm This... (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)

A Beautifully Painted Hand Plied Hemp or Ramie Furoshiki: Ayu

A Beautifully Painted Hand Plied Hemp or Ramie Furoshiki: Ayu

late nineteenth century44 1/4" x 49", 112 cm x 124.5 cm T... (more)

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