5453: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric Kasuri Style

5453 1960s meisen silk fabric, close-up1

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950s Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 14.5 inches / 36.8 cm
Length:  1 yard / 91cm

Catalog# 5453:  

US$10.00 per yard

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960s Deadstock meisen silk.

Fabric Description: Deadstock (new, never used but from another era) light-medium weight meisen silk This is an late 1950's - 1960's1950s; 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.; Interesting design of what seem like falling triangles placed at random, with floral accents; same on both sides.

Colors: Background is iron-red (hint of burgundy); Other colors of shapes are aqua-green, mustard and gray; here in the classic kasuri-style motif is burnished silver and black bands running lengthwise. 

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

    5453: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric Kasuri Style