Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950s Arai Hari Used
Unusual Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width: 14.25 inches / 36.2 cm
Length: 56 inches / 1.424 m
Catalog# 5709: SOLD
US$15.00 per piece
USA Shipping included under 4 pounds package weight
Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950's meisen silk fabric 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 Type: Light Weight Meisen silk; distinctive meisen compared to most of our others as it has definite low sheen; same on both sides; Designs are large chrysanthemums on a mostly cherry-red background which resembles a field of smaller flowers; The larger chrysanthemum is about 8 inch / 20.3 cm in diameter, smaller one is 5 inches / 12.7 cm.
Colors: Motif accents have various fuchsia and similar reds, yellows and olive-greens; background shows a dark gray in spacing between flower elements.
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...."