5219:1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Piece by yar(SOLD)

5219 Yokodana Kimono 1950s meisen silk 1 yard view

Catalog# 5219

1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric

Width:14inches / 35.5cm
Length: 1 yard / 91cm

US$10.00 per piece
(plus shipping if 1 lb or over)

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Item Details and Description

This is a high quality 1950's lightweight deadstock meisen silk (new but unsold stock) from just after the end of 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 -- see our info page on kasuri HERE,
This fabric has a color which defies description: depending on the light it looks like a blush light rose color with tinges of olive green; depending on angle of light it can appear more of the green; in low light the background appear like a sort of brown; The ikat weaves are in geometric hash tag designs in checkerboard patter vertically; the hash tags are in emerald green and red, with spots of white and silver (see close-ups).
Fabric has slight sheen; Designs same on both sides.

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.]

$ 10.00

5219:1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Piece by yar(SOLD)