5361: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric

5361 meisen silk : one yard view, full length has 3 sets of 3 shapes

Vintage Japanese Textiles:

1950's Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
(From Arai-Hari Cleaners)

Width: 14.5 inches / 36.8 cm
Length: 57 inches / 144.7 cm

(Peonies & Bamboo Fence)

Catalog# 5361:  

US$15.00 per piece

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950's, Found cut pieces  from Arai Hari (special Japanese kimono cleaner -- see info on Arai-Hari HERE from John Marshall, expert on Japanese textiles).

Fabric Description: Used light-medium weight fabric from Arai-hari, Japanese vintage meisen silk after old kimono was taken apart and cleaned. This is a 1950's piece; Meisen is defined literally as 'common silk stuff'; and has grown in popularity in the last few years; it is a kasuri (ikat) type weave fabric with usually bold patterns and bright colors.

Fabric Type:  Light Weight Meisen silk; due to weave has slightly textured feel.

Colors: background is  light olive green; Other colors here are light yellow, peach-orange,  and cream.

Motifs: Sets of overlapping rectangles, each with different designs, including bamboo fence and peonies; Largest dimension of rectangles is about 6 inches /15cm. There are three sets of the clusters of 3 rectangles in 57 inches piece.

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.]  more info on meisen is here.
    $ 15.00

    5361: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric