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A Length Of "Asa" Beige Kaya With Indigo Stripes
Mosquito Netting

There are about 20 different bast plant species in Japan from which fibers are taken for making filament-strands. All of these fibers are called "asa" in Japanese even though they come from a diverse set of plants.

We are not able to identify the plant from the fibers of this kaya other than to say it is not hemp. The fibers in this textile are much thicker and more coarse than those made of hemp.

Exceptional Textile
Age
Early 1900s
From northern Japan.
Fabric 100% Asa
Heavy Weight,
Loose Weave, Thick Fibers
Homespun and Hand Loomed
Size
12 inches X 5.4 feet
32 cm X 165 cm
Condition
Very Good Condition.
No Holes. No Spots, Strong Fabric.

Extraordinarily High Quality.

We've washed and ironed this textile, it's ready for your project.
Comments Bast fiber materials, both cultivated and wild, supplied the raw materials for all of the textile needs of the vast majority of the Japanese people until cotton became widely available in the latter half of the eighteenth century. And, even after then, homemade bast fiber materials continued to play a significant role in textile production in the mountainous and remote regions of northern Japan where wild and cultivated bast fibers were commonplace and cotton was scarce and costly.


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