5422: 1950's Rare Japanese Meisen Cotton Fabric by piece SOLD

5422: 1950s Meisen Cotton, half yard

Vintage Deadstock Japanese Textiles:

1950's Meisen Cotton Fabric Piece

Width: 13.75 inches / 34.9 cm
Length: 45 inches / 114.3 cm

(Chrysanthemums & Stylized Blossom)

Catalog# 5422:  

US$10.00 per piece

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950's, highly unusual in that meisen like this was almost always made of silk; this, however, is made of cotton.

Fabric Description: Deadstock (older, just never used) medium weight fabric; This is a 1950's piece; Meisen is defined literally as 'common stuff'; and has grown in popularity in the last few years; Meisen is a kasuri (ikat) type weave fabric with usually larger, bold patterns and bright colors.

Fabric Type:  Medium Weight Meisen cotton; due to weave has slightly textured feel.

Colors: background is red with burgundy hint; Other colors of the flowers are varying shades of black, gray, white and light mustard; The weave of the fabric itself, when examined closely, reveals some light gray interwoven in the predominantly red background with a slighly speckled look.

Motifs: Spider Chrysanthemums are 6 inches (15.24) at longest dimension, other flowers slightly less.  Six pairs of flowers run lengthwise, staggered.

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

    5422: 1950's Rare Japanese Meisen Cotton Fabric by piece SOLD