6318: 1950's Japanese Meisen Silk Kimono Fabric, 54in.(Arai Hari)
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Arai Hari
Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width: 13.75 inches / 34.92 cm
Length: 54 inches / 137.16 cm
US$20.00 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 multi-color background composed of three rectangular shapes in 8 rows, some rectangles are solid (purple), others with concentric rectangles (gray-to-off-white), and others with thin pinstripes laterally within the shape; boundaries of all rectangles are mustard; rectangles average 4" x 6" (10.16 cm X 20.24 cm); other colors used in designs: plum(dark to pale) and light colonial blues; 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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