6212: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric, 57in.(Arai Hari)
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Arai Hari
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width: 13 inches / 33.02 cm
Length: 57 inches / 142.24 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 with slight sheen; same on both sides; Fabric is a dark purple background with 4 full classic geometric plus-sign block figures (9" / 22.86cm at longest side) on alternating sides running lengthwise; also, there are borderlines across and one running down full fabric; Colors of designs: iron-red, tan and mustard; note the usual fuzzy edges of all designs, typical of meisen and also in many kasuri fabrics; 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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