5371: 1945 Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric deep purple kasuri look

5371: 1945 meisen silk, arai-hari, view or original roll

Vintage Japanese Textiles:

World War II 1945 Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 14.5 inches / 36.8 cm
Length: / .91m
(Traditional Kasuri-Look)

Catalog# 5371:  

US$10.00 per yard

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1945, Rare, in original binding with maker's certificate seals etc.

Fabric Description: Deadstock (new, never used but from another era) light-medium weight meisen silk This is a pre-war (to 1945) 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 dark-purple; Other colors here in the classic geometric shapes are white and pale yellow. 

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.
    $ 10.00

    5371: 1945 Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric deep purple kasuri look