6209: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric, 58in.(Arai Hari)

6209: 1950s Meisen Silk,3/4 length view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Arai Hari
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 58 inches / 147.42 cm

Catalog# 6209

US$18.00 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, smooth to touch but no sheen; same on both sides;  Fabric is a dark purple background with interesting lateral pin stripes spaced irregularly; fan shapes (5.5 inches / 13.97cm at longest) and shibori-like dots in cursive floral lines; bright and colorful bands (4.5 inches / 11.43cm) wide which run diagonally across the fabric; Design colors are mostly muted shades of green-blue, rust-iron, and silver-gray;  More info on meisen is here.

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

    6209: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric, 58in.(Arai Hari)