6422: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, By Piece 54in. (AraiHari)

6422:1950s Meisen Silk Fabric, long view

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 54 inches / 137.16 cm

Catalog# 6422:

US$18.00 per piece

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Fabric History/Pedigree: 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 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 distinctive(unusual) Japanese traditional design of large scale floral figures which seem like some sort of 6 or 7-sided leaf shapes; within each of these figures are various flowers; the fabric is a dark plum color background; design colors are in iron-reds, dull aqua-blue, gray and blacks; fabric is slightly stiff, no sheen; fabric is slightly translucent;As is typical in Meisen, note the impressionistic fuzzy edges; patterns same on both sides; 

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

Condition: Excellent except at edges there are a few small tears in the selvage.

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.
    $ 18.00

    6422: 1950s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric, By Piece 54in. (AraiHari)