6102: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, By Piece 62in. (AraiHari)

6102: 1950s meisen, close-fluorescent light

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 62 inches / 157.48 cm

Catalog# 6102:

US$18.00 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 slightly translucent meisen silk is a 1950's piece; Meisen is defined literally as 'common silk stuff'; and has grown in popularity in the last few years; Meisen from that period are usually larger bold patterns and bright colors, but this one is a bit more subdued, with subtle shifts between different colors and smaller thin-lined bamboo leaves in places; See close-ups.

Fabric Motif:
 
This meisen is distinctive in that it is not the usually larger and brighter motifs, but is an interesting subtle background design which is hard to describe: Looks like a loosely spaced reticular pattern built of odd dashes of light burgundy, light mustard-gold, and light-olive green shapes, all having fuzzy edges; iridescent and black-lined bamboo leaves are intermittently placed, barely noticeable at first glance; The weave creates very tiny horizontal and vertical lines which create the patterns; same on both sides.

Colors: This fabric looks quite different under different lighting -- under incandescent low-light, it is more yellowish earth-tones; in brighter fluorescent lighting it has less of the earth tones, with pale blue hint. The closest of our closeups above is with incandescent light and we feel best represents the color of this fabric. A reminder that colors differ on different devices, so please refer to our text color descriptions.

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.
    $ 18.00

    6102: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, By Piece 62in. (AraiHari)