A Meisen Silk Kimono: Boldly Geometric Pattern

$300.00 USD

**reduced from $375.00**
mid twentieth century
58 1/2" x 48", 148.5 cm x 122 cm

This is a kimono hand stitched of Meisen silk, a kind of "everyday" silk that was developed in the Meiji era (1868 - 1912) at a time when Japan's strict sumptuary laws were lifted: these laws dictated what people were allowed to wear and consume (among many other things), notable among the strictures was a ban against common people wearing silk.

Meisen represents the democratization of silk in a changing Japan and it was consumed readily.  Its boom market prompted huge manufacture, which, of course, meant that countless new designs needed to be developed.

Meisen is a kind of machine aided kasuri cloth, the quality of silk being pedestrian as these were kimono that were not expensive and were meant to be worn on a regular basis as "town wear."

This is a good example of the "jazzy" or modern style of pattern which has come to characterize Meisen kimono and garments.

The bold, geometric pattern is maze-like in its design; the saturated colors in a restricted palette add to the graphic impact of the pattern. The overall design shows a kind of "marbled" effect in the white and yellow areas.

This kimono is in good, seemingly unused condition with no visible flaws.

A good example of a Meisen garment this is recommended.