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 Long Tsunobukuro or Horn Bag: Bast Fiber Dyed in Green Persimmon Tannin

A Long Tsunobukuro or Horn Bag: Bast Fiber Dyed in Green Persimmon Tannin

early twentieth century59" x 13 1/4", 150 cm x 33.5 cm Th... (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)

Two Panels of Bast Fiber Kaya: Mottled Cloth and Machine Stitching

Two Panels of Bast Fiber Kaya: Mottled Cloth and Machine Stitching

mid twentieth century72" x 26 1/4", 183 cm x 66.5 cm This... (more)

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