5487:1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric

5487 yokodana.com 1950's meisen deadstock silk, 1 yard view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950s Deadstock
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 14 inches / 35.56cm
Length: 1 yard / 91.4 cm

Catalog# 5487:

US$12.00 per yard

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950s Deadstock meisen silk found in roll.

Fabric Description: Deadstock (new, never used but from another era) light-medium weight meisen silk This is an early 1950s 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. See close-ups.

Fabric Type:
Light Weight Meisen silk; due to weave has slightly textured feel, little sheen; same on both sides, large colorful designs; Bold large designs in red resemble Japanese lanterns but we're unsure. In the 1950s Japanese fabric makers felt liberated after the war so experimented with many different creative things, even while holding to but Japanese aesthetics. This design is most unusual in our experience.

Colors: Background is white but with various grays, light lavender,  colonial blue, moss green and peach color motifs filling the whole fabric.
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 the internet.]  more info on meisen is here.
    $ 12.00

    5487:1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric