Cultural Notes: The best discussion we've found of Meisen silk fabric was on an old blog post by Japundit, excerpted here*:
"...Young women have rediscovered(Japan Times) the kimono, and you can see them out in Harajuku on the Sunday fashion parade. There's even a term for these girls -- not surprisingly they are called "kimono girls." There are even some nice books documenting the trend which you can check out at J-List and are definitely worth having if you are at all into fashion.
"The meisen kimono in particular has become very popular. These kimono were made in the first half of the twentieth century, and were characterized by a glossy sheen, and brilliant patterns. There is often a sort of blurry quality to the silks...."
[*original article has been pulled]
Packages are comprised of ladies' long and short (Haori / michiyuki) garments made of a type of silk called Meisen. Ratio of longs to shorts varies greatly. We try to put at least 4-5 longs and rest of them short. Sorry we cannot honor requests specifying only long/short or ratio thereof.
Meisen is defined literally in our Kenkyuusha dictionary as "...common silk stuff"; meisen fabrics (or garments made from them) are currently called 'meisen'; Meisen kimono were made similarly to kasuri (ikat) , though meisen usually have very colorful patterns with distinct -- often more modern -- motifs and a slight sheen; Kasuri/ikat, of course, is mostly indigo blue and some white with black. To learn more about kasuri click here.