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*:
"...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...."