awesome hemp/linen shirt

look what else i found in the recycle pile….

and it fits so it must be MAN SIZED…

no tags inside, so it must be  home made or custom made

rough linen/hemp cloth, kind-a scratchy…

I wonder if it needs a little "work" done on it...


I have a question for my textile arty friends with Japan/Japanese experience..regarding the cloth ASA… which can be either hemp or linen/flax…. and what is the difference and how can i tell the difference….


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jude
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 01:06:48

    comes from 2 different plants. hard to describe the difference without touching.


  2. WAcousin
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 16:44:01

    I have no experience with Japanese hemp/linen/flax, but I have sewn with tons of linen (a personal preference). If this were mine, I’d wash it in hot water a few times to soften it before doing any embroidery/stitching. Linen usually gets more wearable (and less wrinkles) with use. I’ve found that the linen/cotton combination is the roughest and never seems to soften. The “kind of scratchy” is probably why it was put into the recycle bin. It’s a beautiful shirt and looks well made.

    If all else fails, it would make wonderful cloth napkins.


  3. whereishenow
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 22:15:39

    wacousin… i threw it back in the washer, will see if it softens up. this shirt was in a pile of clothes wrapped in twine (as opposed to a garbage bag) and with it were two large pieces of same material. I have picked up these bundles wrapped in twine on other recycle days (months ago) with indigo dyed linen, beautifully dyed cotton, shibori, kimono parts, and wool weavings… some “artist” is tossing out this stuff bit by bit…

    i wish i knew who it was!!!


    • WAcousin
      Sep 09, 2010 @ 01:27:14

      You find the best stuff! It sounds like the “artist” is hoping someone will find her/his unwanted-but-still-precious textiles. Wouldn’t it be fun to find out who it is……..


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