Vintage Japanese Textiles:
Deadstock 1940's Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric
14" (35.6cm) wide x 1 yd (91cm)
Traditional Stylized Cranes Motif
US$10.00 per yard
USA Shipping included up to 4 pounds package weight
Item Details and Description
This is a 1940's light weight deadstock meisen silk (new but unsold stock); Meisen is defined literally as 'common silk stuff'; and has grown in popularity in the last few years; it is a kasuri (ikat) type weave fabric with usually bold patterns and bright colors; Other colors are gray,silver-gray, mustard, tangerine and light pink; more info on meisen is here
We are offering this rare fabric in minimum 14 inches X 1 yard (35.6cm X 91cm) long pieces; This silk is a light weight fabric in horizontal bands of dark purple, tan and shuiro (orange-red).
Recommended for display and any variety of creative applications.
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...."
[*original article is no longer on internet.]