5783:1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, 55 inches (AraiHari)

5783: 1950's Meisen Silk, 55" Piece, full view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's 
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 13.75 inches / 34,9 cm
Length: 55 inches / 139.7 cm

Catalog# 5783:

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:  Lightweight meisen silk This is an 1940's to 1950's piece; Meisen is defined literally as 'common silk stuff'; and has grown in popularity in recent years; Meisen from that period are usually larger bold patterns and bright colors which are intentionally fuzzy (impressionistic sense);  Fabric background is purple and plum, other colors are light aqua-blue, rusty-red and grays, all subdued in tone; some pine needles as well; See close-ups.

Fabric Motif:
Large flowers ( average 6.5 inches / 16.5 cm  diameter) with smaller flowers within them, accompanied by 2 inch / 5.1 cm diameter flowers (type unknown) scattered about;  patterns same on both sides; 

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

    5783:1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, 55 inches (AraiHari)