Antique purple meisen kimono w/ woven grid
This antique kimono is made of lovely purple meisen silk with a woven grid pattern in white. The purple colour is actually more purple than these photos show, it is not as blue as it shows up as here. Lovely rich blued purple. In excellent condition for its age. It was made between 1910-50.
It measures 147 cm long, 63 cm from center to sleeve edge, and the sleeve drop is 49 cm.
• 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,omeshisilk 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.