5628: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, 55 inches (AraiHari)

5628: 1940s meisen silk, full view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 13.75 inches / 37.47 cm
Length: 55 inches / 139.7 cm

Catalog# 5628:

US$12.00 per piece

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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:  Thin very light weight meisen silk; This is an early 30's-50'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.
Fabric is thin, very slightly textured to the touch, translucent under direct bright light; Nice drape, great for making scarf or accessory.

Fabric Motif:
Large flowers ( 5 inches  / 12.7 cm across at largest) with  stems and leaves; not sure of flower types;

Colors: Background is  interesting aqua-blue-green with shifts within the blue-green tones; flowers and lines are in gray with fuchsia accent in flowers.

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.
    $ 12.00

    5628: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, 55 inches (AraiHari)