Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Arai Hari
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 46 inches / 118.64 cm
US$15.00 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; very slightly translucent, textured to touch with a slight sheen; same on both sides; Fabric is a light-purple (with a hint of lavender) background with lateral pinstripes 1/8th inch (3.17 mm) apart running full length; designs are of arc lines enclosing floral designs as well as grass area attached; Colors used for motifs are charcoal-black, white, light colonial-blue, gray and off-whites; This is an atypical meisen in that it is not as colorful, nor are motifs as large as most Meisen of that period. 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*:
"...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...."