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"Polka Dot Purple" Vintage Meisen Kimono
"Polka Dot Purple" Vintage Meisen Kimono

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Our Price: $149.00
Length: 57"
Width: 50"
Body: 52"

Quantity in Stock:1
Product Code: 0521WK6

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This listing is for a meisen ikat silk vintage kimono from the Taisho Period (1916-1927). The colorful designs and bold patterning are the quintessential characteristics of kimono from this period. Meisen is a form of ikat weaving, where the threads are stretched and dyed (in this case by stencil) before they're woven. The resulting design is sometimes called "fuzzy weaving" because of the edges of each element are slightly irregular.

This kimono is a polka-dot-lover's dream. Hundreds of circles of different sizes, in pink, white or red randomly floating against a gorgeous deep purple background. It looks almost like confetti!

Note the last photo which shows some slight mottling at the collar, but it is minor and does note detract from the display or wearable quality of the kimono.

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.

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