5624: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, Arai Hari

5624 1950s Japanese meisen silk fabric Large Flowers

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 56 inches / 149.86 cm

Catalog# 5624:

US$15.00 per piece

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950s meisen silk; 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.  This is a 1940's-1950's 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; little sheen; same on both sides; Designs are of very unusual, larger flowers running lengthwise, rendered stylistically, perhaps meant to be morning glories. the largest flowers are 8  inches  (20.32 cm)  across. Though made just after the end of World War II, this highly unusual meisen is distinctive due to its more modern look*.

 *Cultural note: After the end of imperial rule at end of World War II, Japanese artists, kimono fabric makers and people in general began to experiment with more expressive and creative looks and designs. This was a period of rapid social and cultural change in Japan, so sometimes this aspect of the period shows itself in designs like this.

Colors: Background is plum color with figures in dark green, mustard and some grays; Most unusual design. 
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.
    $ 15.00

    5624: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, Arai Hari