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 Five Panel Hand Plied Hemp or Ramie Noren: Stencil Dyed

A Five Panel Hand Plied Hemp or Ramie Noren: Stencil Dyed

early twentieth century57 1/2" x 63", 146 cm x 160 cm Thi... (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 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)

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