1940's Deadstock Japanese Textiles:
Meisen Silk Fabric Roll
Enough for one Womans Kimono
Width:14.25 inches / 36.2cm
Length: 12yd / 10.97m
USA Shipping Included under 4 pounds package weight
Item Details and Description
This is a high quality 1940's light-medium weight deadstock (new but unsold stock) meisen silk sold as a roll, 11m/12yds.
Pedigree: This is what is called deadstock -- new/never used but aged, usually from store or company inventory or recyclers. Bolts such as this were turned in to recyclers by businesses or families in the past within Japan; This one is 100% Japanese silk; found still in original bindings and label; originally priced at '34yen 90sen' which means it was probably made before or just after World War Two.
Description: Colors are deep purple and silver-gray; stylized design evocative classical wheel of imperial cart.
Cultural Note about Meisen Silks:
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...."
Description: The fabric design is same on both sides,
Condition: VERY GOOD, remarkable condition for its age,clean with only exception being the occasional imperfect thread here and there, barely visible.