5580: 1930s-50s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, 46 Inches (Arai Hari)

5580 meisen silk fabric, 46inches view-it IS in focus

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1930's - 1950's 
Meisen Silk Fabric by Piece

Width: 13.75 inches / 34.92 cm
Length: 46 inches / .91 m

Catalog# 5580:

US$10.00 per piece(1 yard cut lengths)

USA Shipping included under 4 pounds package weight


Fabric History/Pedigree: Pieces received from traditional Japanese kimono cleaner/reconstructor called Arai-Hari -- see an excellent explanation of traditional Arai Hari by textile expert John Marshall,by click-pushing HERE.

Fabric Description:  Lightweight meisen silk This is estimated as from the 1930s to an early 1950's; 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 and as they use a kasuri-type procdess, the fuzziness and ragged edging is intentional; This one is particularly bold and colorful, using red-orange, rust, gray, light gray, charcoal-blacks and  moss-greens; has an Impressionistic modern feel to it; Effects are created by different color trapezoid type shapes clustered and overlapping; See close-ups.
(NOTE ON IMAGES: Yes, these pictures are in focus -- the fuzzy effect is intentional by fabric makers of that period; see close-ups.)

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.
    $ 10.00

    5580: 1930s-50s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, 46 Inches (Arai Hari)