5821:1950's Japanese Deadstock Meisen Silk Fabric, by yard
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Deadstock Meisen Silk Fabric by Yard
Width: 14.5 inches / 36.83 cm
Length: 1 yard / 91.44 cm
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Fabric Description: Deadstock (new, never used but from another era) light-medium weight meisen silk This is an early 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; due to weave has slightly textured feel, little sheen; same on both sides; Designs are highly unusual for meisen, unlike any from this period we've seen in some time, featuring Daruma dolls on large bands of earth tone colors *(See cultural info below); The largest Daruma doll is about 8 inches / 20.3 cm long (head to toe).
Colors: Background is banded sections in following: copper, peach, mustard, light chocolate and mixed shades of light olive greens.
| *Cultural Background Notes: This section in Wikipedia has a full explanation of the Daruma dolls in Japan, to included history and present-day uses of Bodhidarma symbolism:
A Daruma doll (達磨 daruma) is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Bodhidharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered a toy by some, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. The doll has also been commercialized by many Buddhist temples to use alongside the setting of goals.
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