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5147:1940's Japanese Meisen Cotton Piece 1 yard

5147: Meisen Cotton, 1 yard picture

Catalog# 5147

1940's Deadstock Pre-War Japanese Textiles:
Japanese Kimono Meisen Cotton Fabric

Width:13.75 inches / 35cm
Length: 1 yard inches / 91cm

US$10.00 per yard (.91m)(plus shipping)

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Item Details and Description

This is a high quality 1940's medium weight deadstock meisen cotton (new but unsold stock) from before World War II; Meisen is defined literally as 'common stuff'; and has grown in popularity in the last few years. Most meisen we get is silk, but this is an unusua cotton piece; Meisen is popular lately due to its stylized presentation of larger motifs and because it evokes the same feel as ikat (kasuri);

This fabric has a large flower and vase in bands alternating every 8.5 inches (22cm) vertically; colors are a variety of reds to fuschia, peach and dark olive to mustard tones, also various shades of green. Designs same on both sides.

Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for it's age, Like new.
Cultural Notes: The best discussion we've found of Meisen fabric was on an old blog post by Japundit, excerpted here, from the early 2000's*: 
    "...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 is no longer on internet.]

    $ 10.00

    5147:1940's Japanese Meisen Cotton Piece 1 yard