Vintage & Antique Japanese Fabrics by Piece: Other Type Fabrics
5666: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, By Yard
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width: 13.75 inches / 34.92 cm
Length: 1 yard / 91.44 cm
US$10.00 per yard
USA Shipping included under 4 pounds package weight
Fabric Description: Lightweight meisen silk This is an early 1950's piece; Meisen is defined literally as 'common silk stuff'; and has grown in popularity in the last few years; Meisen from that period are usually larger bold patterns and bright colors. See close-ups.
Fabric Motifs: Maple leaves and chrysanthemums flowing lengthwise with tiny pinstripes also running lengthwise; Designs have same intentional fuzziness as used in indigo-kasuri traditional Japanese ikat; patterns same on both sides.
Colors: Background is brownish-orange with reds, burgundy and mustards.
Cultural Notes: The best discussion we've found of Meisen silk fabric was on an old blog post by Japundit, excerpted here, from the early 2000's*:
[*original article is no longer on the internet.] more info on meisen is here.
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