6084: 1930s-50s Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric, 46in.(Arai Hari)

6084: 1930s-50s Japanese Meisen Silk, full

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1930s-1950s Arai Hari Used
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 13 inches / 33.02 cm
Length: 46 inches / 118.64 cm

Catalog# 6084:

US$15.00 per piece

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 1930s-50s 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, smooth to touch but no sheen; same on both sides;  Fabric is a light creamy-copper color (very different) with kasuri-like geometric patterns (intentionally fuzzy edges) as a motif; Figures are 4.25 inches (10.79 cm) squared motifs in black, white, and dark ruby-red and a few darker copper color accents within the geometric figures;   (See close-ups);  More info on meisen is here.

Condition: Excellent for its age.

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.
    $ 15.00

    6084: 1930s-50s Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric, 46in.(Arai Hari)