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 Patched Kaya: Hand Plied Bast Yarn

A Length of Patched Kaya: Hand Plied Bast Yarn

early twentieth century68" x 13 1/2", 173 cm x 34.25 cm T... (more)

A Hemp or Ramie Indigo Dyed Kasuri Apron: Fine Cloth

A Hemp or Ramie Indigo Dyed Kasuri Apron: Fine Cloth

early twentieth century28 1/4" x 50 1/4", 71.75 cm x 127.... (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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