5553: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric by Yard

5553 1950s meisen silk, full 1 yard view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 1 Yard / .91 m

Catalog# 5553:

US$12.00 per piece

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Fabric History/Pedigree:
Deadstock, old,never used, just dated from 1950's.

Fabric Description:  Lightweight meisen silk This is an early 1950's piece; Meisen is defined literally as 'common silk stuff'; and has grown in popularity in the last few years; Meisen from that period are usually larger bold patterns and bright colors like this. See close-ups.

Fabric Motif:
Large plum blossoms, fuzzy, impressionistic-like look (common in meisen).

Colors: Background is cream with designs in vermilion (orange-red, known also as shuiro in Japanese -- believed to ward off evil spirits in traditional contexts), as well as peach, grays, black and touches of mustard and pink.

Condition: Excellent.

NOTE: Orders of multiple yards will be shipped in one uncut piece.

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

    5553: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric by Yard