5168: SOLD-1940's Japanese Meisen Silk Piece 1 yard / 91cm

5168: 1940's Meisen Beige Silk, 1 yard, half-yard view

Catalog# 5168

1940's Deadstock Pre-War Japanese Textiles:
Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric
Birds-in-Flight & Bamboo Leaves Motifs
Width:14 inches / 36.8cm

US$8.00 per yard (plus shipping)

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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 selvedge to selvedge; Length= 1yard/.91m.
  • Colors: Soft beige background with various shades of burgundy motifs
  • Motifs: Polka-dot with surrounding small crosses shape;1inch x 1inches (2.6cm X 2.6cm).
  • Repeat Patterns: Horizontal rows are .75inch (2cm) apart, 22 rows per yard.
  • Condition: Excellent
  • 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.]

    $ 8.00

    5168: SOLD-1940's Japanese Meisen Silk Piece 1 yard / 91cm