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"Camelia Combo" Vintage Meisen Kimono

"Camelia Combo" Vintage Meisen Kimono

Summer Weight

Regular price $109.00
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  • Sourced from Japan
This listing is for a vintage Japanese kimono created with meisen (ikat) woven silk.

This is a summer kimono in a light and airy silk with a weave and sil that is sligthly textued, which might have been chosen for a summer garment for the way that texture lifts the fabric slightly from the skin.

Bold design and bold colors - deep ocean blue, black, and a light cream color almost create a checkerboard effect, with four camelia blossoms floating in each of the light color areas. Silver threads are woven in here and there to create some glitter in the light.

If you're going to wear this kimono and need a simple sash, click that option above. 

If you're going to display this kimono and need a sturdy but simple hanging rod, click that option below. (The rod must be shipped separately.)

The traditional dyeing and weaving technique used to create this patterning is called meisen or ikat, and it involves dyeing the threads in a pattern before they are woven so that the images emerge on the loom. It's a fascinating and time-consuming process that takes great skill from many artisans. Watch the video below to be amazed.

Meisen kimono became popular in Japan in the Taisho Period of the early 1900s, after the sumptuary laws of the feudal period ended and "common folk" were once again able to wear colorful clothing. Even though the ikat process is time consuming and requires many steps and skill, meisen kimono were an affordable option for Japanese women who were looking to be fashionable. Art nouveau and art deco designs were popular, along with more traditional florals and geometrics that became exaggerated or expanded.

Here's a link to the Friis Collection website, which offers more detail about how meisen became popular in Japan as well as a gallery of her stunning meisen collection. And here's a link to the Chichibu Meisen Museum outside of Tokyo, where the process and the garments are celebrated.
Length: 56"
Width: 48"
Body/Hips: 40"
Made In (Estimated): 1940s
Condition: Excellent
Fiber: Silk
Technique: Meisen, Ikat, Kasuri, Oshima
Colors: Blue, Black, Multi
Motifs: Floral, Checkerboard


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