Black/Gray/Blue Hexagon Chrysanthemums Kimono Silk, Oshima Tsumugi By the Yard # 476
Chrysanthemums and hexagons are important in Japan - they signify love, joy and longevity. Black and near-white silk threads create a gray effect. Little mums in black hexagons have bright red centers and some of the hexagons are steel blue. Black swirls curl like currents in a stream, throughout the bolt. Beloved in Japan, Oshima Tsumugi is hand-dyed, hand-woven, and difficult to produce. The pattern is created in the weave, and the dyes are made from mud from the volcanic island of Oshima. This silk is thin, smooth, lightweight but strong, almost but not quite shiny, slightly crispy, soft to the touch and not drapey. It has body. The back looks just the same. This is a vintage, never used bolt designed for a kimono. There are some minor brownish age spots, mostly obscured by the black and gray, but reflected in the low price. The camera doesn't capture them; we tried. There aren't too many and they are only on the edges. Otherwise this bolt is in perfect condition. These Tsumugi silks are cherished in Japan and can be hard to find. 14" wide, sold by the full yard. We'll cut yours in one continuous piece. Japan.