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Meisen Silk 1930 - 1940s Kimono
  • A beautiful kimono made of pure meisen silk with a lovely print in pinks, grey, black, green red and aubergine. Meisen silk is rather like silk taffeta, with a hint of a rustle as you move
  • Meisen silk is similar to soft, silk taffeta, with a slight hint of body to it, helping it hold its shape, although it is also very soft. It feels lovely. Meisen silk, generally crisp and supple, is one of the Japanese silks fabricated by weaving pre-dyed threads, utilizing the tie-and-resist ikat technique (ikat is an Indonesian term widely utilized to refer to this technique). In this process, the threads, silk or cotton, are first stretched on a frame. Selected design areas are tightly bound to prevent the dye from penetrating and the hanks of threads are immersed in the dye pots. The bound portions of the yarns resist the dye and when woven, as a result of the threads not being perfectly aligned, create shapes with charmingly uneven edges. The design is applied to both the warp and weft yarns (heiyo gasuri). Meisen silk was a particularly popular fabric for casual kimono from 1920 to 1950, in part because it was more affordable, and in part because the designs, frequently drawing on Western influences, seemed adventurous and innovative. Even today they retain a contemporary sensibility.
    Meisen kimonos from the early 20th century to be a little shorter than later kimonos, though still very long. Meisen kimonos are sought after by kimono collectors, as the supply of good condition ones gets smaller and smaller.
  • Please don't make the mistake of thinking that 100 years old means it has any weaknesses. Kimonos are so expensive that the Japanese take immense care of them, so they often stay in exquisite condition, like this one, which it has many, many more years of wear in it.
  • Fully lined
  • Made in Japan
  • May have shitsuke-ito stitching around the edge; shitsuke-ito is loose, temporary stitching that the Japanese put in to keep edges neat during storage, it just gets pulled out before wearing. These are often a sign that the garment has never been used
  • Made in Japan
  • **If shown with a sash or accessories, they are not included; for display purposes only, to let you see it closed, however, all kimono require an obi or some sort of sash to hold them closed; these are always bought separately. Think of it like a skirt and blouse, you can't wear either on its own, you buy them separately and mix and match


Measurements approximately:

126 cm from sleeve end to sleeve end

60cm side seam to side seam
154 cm long



wk5 - /11/19

Meisen Silk 1930 - 1940s Kimono

SKU: wk5
£98.00 Regular Price
£78.40Sale Price
  • Kimono require a sash to hold them closed. This is always bought separately. Men usually wear a kaku obi with their kimono or, casually at home, a soft heko obi

    Sizing: Japanese clothing is usually of adjustable fit, being mostly wrap-over or tie-to-fit items, so most garments fit a range of sizes. Because of this (and only really knowing my own size anyway) I can't really advise anyone on the fit. Please judge fit from the measurements given. Check length given for the garment, then measure from base of back of your neck down to judge that length on you
    Also measure from centre back of neck, along shoulder and down the arm to the wrist, then double that and compare it with the sleeve end measurement to judge sleeve length

    Some of my garments have white stitching (shitsuke) round the outside edges to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment

    Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing kimonos. All cleaning is done entirely at your own risk, as is standard with all vintage garments and items. I would advise only dry cleaning

    Colour: Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only

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