6421: 1950s Deadstock Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric,By Yard

6421: 1950s Meisen Silk, yard view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Meisen Silk Fabric Piece by yard

Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 1 yard / 91.44 cm

Catalog# 6421:

US$15.00 per yard

USA Shipping included under 4 pounds package weight


Fabric History/Pedigree: Pieces derived from deadstock roll of kimono mock-silk; (Deadstock means old inventory which is like new but has been in storage, never been used); 

Fabric Description:  Lightweight meisen silk  is a 1950's piece; Meisen is defined literally as 'common silk stuff'; and has grown in popularity in the last few years; Meisen from that period are usually larger bold patterns and bright colors. See close-ups.

Fabric Motif:
Highly unusual & distinctive Japanese traditional design of elongated hexagonal shapes in a symmetrical grid (each is 6.5" X 3" [16.51cm X 7.62cm]) and each is filled with many different types of flowers;  fabric has a black color background with the hexagons bordered in off-white lines; design colors in the flowers are highly varied, to include:  red, dark lavender, tangerine, gray, dark colonial blue and various olive-green shades;  As is typical in Meisen, note the impressionistic fuzzy edges; patterns same on both sides; this particular meisen has no sheen. 

Colors: Reminder that colors differ on different devices, so please refer to our text color descriptions.

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

    6421: 1950s Deadstock Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric,By Yard