76981:1930-50s Japanese Meisen Silk 54in. Piece (AraiHari)Modernistic, Abstract

76981: 1950s Meisen Silk Japan, 54inches

Catalog# 7698-1

1930s-1950s Japanese Textiles:

From Arai-Hari Cleaners 
Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric Piece
Modernistic, Abstract
Floral Bands (But Stylized)

Width: 13.75 inches / 34.92 cm
Length: 54 inches / 137.16 cm

US$18.00 per piece plus shipping

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Item Details and Description

  • Fabric History/Pedigree:  1950s  or earlier 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.

  • This kind of highly Western-influenced and modernistic,even abstract, sort of kimono fabric design was big after the war (after 1945), as Japanese artists and designers felt liberated from the oppression in Japan during the war and experimented with many creative looks, like this one (This is just our opinion, Yoko).
  • Fabric Description:  Meisen silk, lightweight, translucent with the background color black; the overall motif is difficult to describe: There appear to be five bands running lengthwise(vertical/warp); They are abstractionist in a way, to our eye resembling flowers, and others might be birds; The colors are iron-red, orange-reds, mustard, and a very pale pastel acqua-blue (almost white);  note the intentionally fuzzy edges to all figures &  lines, evocative of kasuri; This piece differs in that the shown designs are on one side only, the reverse is black; minimal sheen.

  • Colors: Please NOTE that colors and contrast differ on each device, so please use our text descriptions to complement your sense of the fabric.

  • Condition: Excellent.

  • Recommended for making scarf/accessories.

Background Information on Meisen Kimonos:

Meisen is defined literally in our Kenkyuusha dictionary as "...common silk stuff"; meisen fabrics (or garments made from them) are currently called 'meisen'; Meisen kimono were made similarly to Kasuri (ikat), though meisen usually have very colorful patterns with distinct -- often more modern -- motifs and a slight sheen; 1950s meisen have intentionally fuzzy, almost Impressionistic look and often larger designs; Kasuri/ikat, of course, is mostly indigo blue and some white with black. To learn more about kasuri click here.

To see pictures of meisen silk vintage kimonos from Google, touch HERE.

Other Cultural Notes: The best discussion we've found of Meisen silk fabric was on an old blog post by Japundit, excerpted here*:

"...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]

$ 18.00

76981:1930-50s Japanese Meisen Silk 54in. Piece (AraiHari)Modernistic, Abstract