5124:1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Piece 1 yard

5124: Vintage Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric picture

Catalog# 5124

Vintage 1950's Japanese Textiles:
Deadstock Vintage Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric

Width:13.75 inches
( 34.9cm )

US$10.00 per yard / 91cm (plus shipping)

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Item Details and Description

This is a 1950's light-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. The blurred (intentionally) patterns shown are meant to evoke a classic kasuri weave look; fabric is deep indigo purple, looks black in low light; kasuri-style designs are evenly spaced white ovals with squares within which are red, mustard,gray & pink; ovals are 1.75 inches/4.5 cm at longest dimension (left - right in photos).

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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    5124:1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Piece 1 yard