1940's Deadstock Pre-War Japanese Textiles:
Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric
Birds-in-Flight & Bamboo Leaves Motifs
Width:14 inches / 36.8cm
US$10.00 per yard (plus shipping)
Item Details and Description:
Fabric History/Pedigree: 1940's, Found as roll.
Fabric Description: Deadstock(never used), Japanese vintage kimono fabric.
Fabric Type: Meisen silk, Light-Weight.
Measurements: Width=14 inches/35.6cm e; Length= 1yard/.91m.
Colors: Hershey Chocolate Brown with hint of burgundy color background with motifs in mustard, light colonial blue and white.
Motifs: blurred cross shape in rectangular grid.
Repeat Patterns:same throughout.
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.]