6223: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric, 59in.(Arai Hari)

6223: 1950s meisen silk, 3/4 view

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

Width: 14.25 inches / 36.2 cm
Length: 59 inches / 149.86 cm

Catalog# 6223

US$15.00 per piece

USA Shipping included under 4 pounds package weight

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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 slight sheen on figures; same on both sides;  Fabric is a dark plum, almost purple background with large rectangular shapes typically seen in kasuri (rough edged rectangles with plus-signs within) the figures are burnished silver color with hint of pink; Other colors are light blue and light fuschia.  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.
    $ 15.00

    6223: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric, 59in.(Arai Hari)