Antique meisen silk woven crosses and squares fabric
A gorgeous antique meisen silk fabric with a woven pattern of crosses and squares in white and orange on a lush rich purple ground. This would be perfect for any type of clothing or soft furnishing. It shows al of the characteristic soft sheen, texture and soft patterning typical of meisen silks.
It is in excellent unused condition (see the photos for details) and is sold by the meter. It is 35.5 cm wide. This fabric dates from the early 20th century.
• 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 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. 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.