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An Intact Kaya: A Tent of Hemp Fiber Mosquito Netting

Written on June 2, 2009

Japan’s summers are brutally hot and humid, and with muggy weather comes mosquitoes, as we all know.  Kaya, or mosquito netting, has been a staple of Japanese life for centuries, and for as long, it was woven from hand plied bast fiber, usually hemp, and fashioned into a tent-like structure of varying sizes.


This one probably dates to the 1950s or so, is made from hemp cloth which is dyed a gradient blue.   I’m offering this beauty for sale on my website on June 3, 2009.


I’m thrilled to offer this, and I’m very pleased to be able to show an intact kaya.  I’ve sold many single panels which have been removed from the entire tent, so I hope these images provide a better understanding of kaya. Note that this piece, above and below, is in great shape, down to the steel rings on each, top, corner.  They are still very sturdily attached.


Here’s a wonderful website showing great, historical images of kaya–and discusses the languid, hot summers of Japan.



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