1940's Deadstock Pre-War Japanese Textiles:
Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric
Width:14.25 inches / 36cm
Length: 1 yard / 91cm
US$15.00 per yard (plus shipping)
Item Details and Description
This is a high quality 1940's light-medium weight deadstock meisen silk (new but unsold stock) from before World War II; Meisen is defined literally as 'common silk stuff'; and has grown in popularity in the last few years. 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 cascading flowers (we think they might be Camelias), each flower about 5.5 inches (14cm) across; The background color is a light mustard with a hint of light olive-green; Flowers are red, whites and some pinks, black & fucshia accents; Note that meisen also has a slight sheen to it; Leaves of flowers are also various shades of green. Designs same on both sides.
Condition: EXCELLENT, remarkable condition for it's age, Like new.
Suitable for framing.
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.]