5369: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric large flowers, by yard

5369: 1950s Meisen Silk, Large Flowers, 1 yard view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:

1950's Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 14 inches / 35.6 cm
Length: / .91m
(Large Flowers)

Catalog# 5369:  

US$12.00 per yard

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950's, Found as unused roll.

Fabric Description: Used light-medium weight meisen silk 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 larger bold patterns and bright colors.

Fabric Type:  Light Weight Meisen silk; due to weave has slightly textured feel, no sheen.

Colors: Background is  red; Other colors here in flowers are light yellow, white, black and aqua-green.

Motifs: Very large flowers (chrysanthemums) which are about 10 inches (25cm) in diameter; One yard has four flowers.

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.
    $ 12.00

    5369: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric large flowers, by yard