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 Bundle of Mountain Grape Fiber: Basket Making Material

A Bundle of Mountain Grape Fiber: Basket Making Material

early twentieth centuryas shown: 4" x 20" x 5", 10 cm x 5... (more)

A Fragment of Shinafu: Linden Bark Fiber Cloth

A Fragment of Shinafu: Linden Bark Fiber Cloth

early twentieth century21 1/2" x 14 1/4", 54.5 cm x 36 cm... (more)

A Linden Fiber Boro Length: Hand Plied Shinafu

A Linden Fiber Boro Length: Hand Plied Shinafu

early to mid twentieth century47" x 14 1/4", 119.5 cm x 3... (more)

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