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Plaid Kaya: A Length of Hemp Mosquito Netting

Written on August 2, 2011

Live and learn.  Until this spring, when I found this length of plaid kaya, or traditional hemp mosquito netting, I hadn’t seen any kaya that was patterned.  Previously, I had seen it only undyed or piece dyed in blue, green or blue green–or, in the case of mid-to-late 20th century examples, dyed in a kind of gradient ombre.So, not only was it a real treat (it still is) to find patterned kaya, it was especially gratifying to find such a good looking example.The kaya certainly shows wear, some overall light fading and some faded splotches, but what a gorgeous length of asa cloth.The green color is woven into the cloth, not stencil applied.  And it’s subtle.  And beautiful.

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  1. Comment by paula253:

    extremely wonderful. Burberry has nothing on this. ^^

    August 2, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

  2. Comment by Angela:

    I found some beautiful graduated sky blue to white netting at the Oedo Market, Tokyo one time and cut it into scarf widths and frayed all sides a little, very cute

    August 4, 2011 @ 3:40 am