5862: 1940s Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric, 56in.(Arai Hari)
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1940s Arai Hari Used
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width: 13.75 inches / 34.92 cm
Length: 56 inches / 144.78 cm
US$12.00 per piece
USA Shipping included under 4 pounds package weight
Fabric History/Pedigree: 1940'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: Lightweight Meisen silk; slight sheen; same on both sides; background is in small squares of 1/2 inch / 12.7m each which are in a symmetrical checkerboard in alternating colors of browns, moss-grenes, grays with black lines; Designs are six irregular blob shapes spaced irregularly lengthwise; the largest figure being 8 inches / 20.32 cm at longest dimension; as well as off-white borders to the shapes; inside the shapes are decorative pottery urns with curlicues and other accents; quite an unusual design, even for this period.
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*:
[*original article is no longer on the internet.] more info on meisen is here.
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