Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950s Arai Hari Used
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width: 13.75 inches / 34.92 cm
Length: 46 inches / 118.64 cm
US$12.00 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: Lightweight Meisen silk, slightly translucent; no sheen; same on both sides; background is metallic gray with interwoven tiny shapes/dots within various geometric-shaped fields; Designs are diamond, rectangular and odd geometric shapes and fields; The design colors are darker ruby red, white, with yellow accents in the center of some figures (see close-ups).
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...."