7733: 1930-50s Japanese Meisen Silk 62in.Pc Deadstock Mock-Kasuri Motif

7733: 1930-50s Japanese Meisen Silk 62in.Pc Deadstock Mock-Kasuri Motif

1930s-1950s Japanese Textiles:

Deadstock Japanese Kimono Meisen Silk Fabric Piece

Mimics Traditional E-Gasuri (Picture-kasuri) Use of
Patterns of flowers, Geometrics

Width: 14.25 inches / 36.2 cm
Length: 62 inches / 157.48 cm

US$20.00 per piece plus shipping

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Item Details and Description

  • Fabric History/Pedigree:  1950s  or earlier silk fabric pieces from a deadstock roll found with other similar old fabrics.
  • Fabric Description:  Meisen silk, lightweight, slightly translucent with the background color of dark chocolate brown  with a hint of burgundy color(not quite Hershey Chocolate Brown); This fabric was made to evoke a feel of traditional kasuri(Ikat), even e-gasuri (lit.:picture-kasuri) patterns of flower medallions and geometrics, squares etc aligned diagonally(Please see our first image);

    Kasuri is a predominantly cotton process, but this is silk; colors of the patterns are in a range of light browns, light gray, tan, and some cherry-red and dark turquoise in medallions;  this design has the intentionally fuzzy edges to all figures &  lines, as seen in kasuri; slight sheen; designs same on both sides.

  • 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]

$ 20.00

7733: 1930-50s Japanese Meisen Silk 62in.Pc Deadstock Mock-Kasuri Motif