5116:1960's Japanese Meisen Silk Piece 1 yard
Vintage 1960's Japanese Textiles:
Deadstock Vintage Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric
Width:14.5 inches / 36.8cm
US$12.00 per yard (.91m)(plus shipping)
Item Details and Description
This is a 1970's medium 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. 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 flowers and vines running horizontally with metallic silver threads interwoven at the divider between the orange-red and tan fields;dark field has diagonal grid design background while the lighter field is light creamy tan background with light copper and mustard colors of the flowers & vines(see close-ups);Designs same on both sides.
Condition: EXCELLENT, Like new.
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.]
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