6837: 1930s-50s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric Piece 60in. Abstract

6837: 1930s Meisen Silk Fabric, close2

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1930s-50s  Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm
Length: 60 inches / 152.4 cm

Catalog# 6837:

US$20.00 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, slightly translucent,  is estimated from 1930s-1950s; 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*:
Unusual  Japanese design (Western influences, less typically traditional Japanese) in an abstract lateral bands layout on a background which is soft-white; The bands are composed of pairs of dots and bars in symmetrical arrangement; design colors: deep red, black, gray and pink (see close-ups);  As is typical in Meisen, note the impressionistic fuzzy edges; patterns same on both sides; this particular meisen has no sheen and is softer than most of the other meisens we see from this period. 

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

*Cultural Background:

One explanation of such an apparently abstract design for Japanese kimono fabric -- motifs that are fairly non-Japanese in sensibility -- stems from immediate post-war (World War II)1945-1960 Japan: Sometimes we see pieces from this period when Japanese artists and designers felt free to be experimental ("let loose?"), often borrowing from Western abstract art or French Impressionism even in traditional Japanese motifs.
The explanation we have heard from scholars is that during World War II in Japan the creative arts (including making kimonos) artists felt repressed, due to Imperialistic governance at the time, which heavily controlled the citizenry. Some say that during the immediate years after losing the war, when Japan was devastated, and poverty was endemic, that artists and designers felt free to let their creativity soar -- thus we see things like this being used to make a 'traditional' kimono. But this is just our humble opinion. :)  

Note on colors: As all devices have different colorations and contrast, please use our text descriptions of colors to complement your sense of the color of the fabric.

Condition: Excellent
$ 20.00

6837: 1930s-50s Japanese Meisen Silk Fabric Piece 60in. Abstract