Antique meisen silk haori with woven crosses
A beautiful antique meisen silk haori with a woven crosses pattern. This haori is in very good condition, and is very wearable. There is some light staining to the lining but it does not show outside.
It measures 96 cm long, 127 cm from sleeve end to sleeve end, the shoulder width is 62 cm and the sleeve drop is 60 cm.
• Haori: A kimono shaped jacket, designed to be worn on top of a kimono. Originally worn by men only, women were allowed to wear them after the Meiji era. Women’s ones became all the rage in Taisho era (1912-1926). Haori are versatile garments, as they translate well into western-world outfits. They look good when worn either dressed up for the evening or dressed down with jeans
• Meisen: 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. 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.
Other Japanese textiles that are made with variations of this technique are cotton kasuri,omeshi silk and tsumugi silk. (described below).
Meisen silk was a popular fabric for casual kimono from 1910 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.