6776: 1930s-50s Japanese Meisen Silk 42 in. Piece (AraiHari)
1930s to 1950s Japanese Textiles:
From Arai-Hari Cleaners
Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width:13.75 inches / 34.92 cm
Length: 42 inches / 106.68 cm
US$10.00 per piece
Item Details and Description
- Fabric History/Pedigree: 1930s to 1950s silk fabric pieces received from traditional Japanese kimono cleaner/reconstructor called Arai-Hari -- see an excellent explanation of traditional Arai Hari by textile expert John Marshall, by click-pushing HERE.
- Fabric Description: Lightweight Meisen silk, slightly translucent, slightly stiff, no sheen; the background is light brown color with a combination of geometric and flower figures placed randomly throughout; the flower figures are about 7 inches/17.78 cm across; As typical of meisen silks, the edges are intentionally fuzzy; colors used:mustard, brown, tan, and ruddy-red; somewhat unusual meisen design; This piece same on both sides.
- Colors: Please NOTE that colors and contrast differ on each device so please use our text descriptions to complement your sense of the fabric.
- Condition: Excellent
Background Information on Meisen Kimonos:
"...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...."
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