A Length of Precious Cloth from Tsushima: Hemp and Indigo Dyed Cotton

$295.00 USD

late nineteenth century
51" x 13 1/4", 129.5 cm x 33.5 cm

The hemp and cotton cloth from Tsushima is considered to be a precious cloth in Japan and it is a favorite one that is revered here, too.

Tsushima is an island that is uniquely placed in Japan as it is situated rather close to the Korean mainland and on it there has developed a distinctive weaving culture.

Tsushima asa as it is referred to in Japan is a, for the sake of effective communication, let's call it a "true" folk textile. 

It hits all the benchmarks of appreciation cultivated around our understanding of the idea of folk textile: it is unique to a place; its fibers are beautifully hand plied and hand woven; it is made by people for their own use; its texture is rich; it embodies the spirit of people; it has age; it has rustic beauty.

It is hard to overstate the glory of this humble-looking cloth as it does not speak loudly, it is the ultimate in subtle sophistication in the way it presents color, design and visual appeal. 

Its weight is heavy and drapey. Its color is drab yet enticing, its weave is straightforward yet complex.

This cloth is not easy to come by. It is a pleasure to offer this length of precious Japanese folk cloth for sale at this time. It is in good, used condition with no stains or holes.

Highly recommended.