6810: 1930s-50s Japanese Meisen Silk 65 in. Piece(AraiHari)
1930s to 1950s Japanese Textiles:
From Arai-Hari Cleaners
Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Width:14 inches / 35.56cm
Length: 65 inches / 165.1 cm
US$20.00 per piece
Item Details and Description
- Fabric History/Pedigree: 1930s to 1950s 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 Description: Meisen silk, lightweight and slightly translucent, slightly stiff and rough texture; a distinctive motif of rectangular shapes in checkerboard layout type grid, each rectangular shape being 3 inches / 7.62 cm tall; These shapes and lines used to render them are made of small fuzzy diamond shapes (not in continuous lines); Each rectangular area is filled with a diamond configuration of 4 with one smaller diamond in center; fabric background is black; design colors are all muted and fuzzy light mustard, light peach-tan colors, and off-white; note the intentional fuzzy edges are typical of this period's Meisen silks. This piece same on both sides; no sheen.
- Colors: Please NOTE that colors and contrast differ on each device so use our text descriptions to complement your sense of the fabric).
- Condition: Excellent
Background Information on Meisen Kimonos:
"...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 has been pulled]
Regular price $ 125.00 Sale price $ 105.00