5163: (SOLD)1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Piece 1.5 yard /1.37m

5163: 1940s Meisen, birds in flight, bamboo leaves, 54" view

Catalog# 5163

1940's Deadstock Pre-War Japanese Textiles:
Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric
Birds-in-Flight & Bamboo Leaves Motifs

Width:14 inches / 36.8cm
Length: 1.5 yard / 1.37m

US$22.00 per piece (plus shipping)

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Item Details and Description

This is a very 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 piece is not typical of most meisen we see from this period, rather distinctive.. 

This fabric has a dark fuschia-burgundy color background with stylized birds in flight and bamboo leaves; This is highly remarkable and different from most other meisen of this period; There are also subtle bands of black which accent the motif at spots; Leaves are black, purple, green; birds are white, gray with black tipped wings and tails; Designs same on both sides.

Condition: EXCELLENT, Suitable for hanging as is, or framing; other 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.]

    $ 22.00

    5163: (SOLD)1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Piece 1.5 yard /1.37m