5494:1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, Large Flowers, by yard

5494 meisen one yard view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950s Deadstock
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm

Length: 1 yard / 91.4 cm

Catalog# 5494:

US$10.00 per yard

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950s Deadstock meisen silk from a partial roll.

Fabric Description: Deadstock (new, never used but from another era) lightweight meisen silk This is an early 1950s piece; Solid dark purple background with large flowers (peonies?) whose blossoms average 5 inches across (12.7 cm);
Meisen is defined literally as 'common silk stuff'; and has grown in popularity in recent years; it is a kasuri (ikat) type weave fabric with usually larger bold patterns and bright colors. See close-ups.

Colors: Background is a deep purple with flowers in white-silver  and red colors of blossoms and green leaves

Condition: Excellent except for some very minor inconsistencies in the warp threads (vertical-lengthwise), barely perceptible.

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.
    $ 10.00

    5494:1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, Large Flowers, by yard