6209: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric, 58in.(Arai Hari)
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Arai Hari
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 58 inches / 147.42 cm
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.
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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