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"Polka Dot Gold" Meisen Kimono
"Polka Dot Gold" Meisen Kimono

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Our Price: $125.00
Length: 57"
Width: 52"
Body: 46"
Condition: Excellent

Quantity in Stock:1
Product Code: 1221WK3

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This listing is for a meisen ikat silk vintage kimono - a style that was quite popular in Japan during the Taisho Period (1916-1927) and into the 1930s and 1940s. The colorful designs and bold patterning are the quintessential characteristics of kimono from this period.

This kimono is certainly bright and bold. A bright golden yellow with dozens of black ikat dots scattered all about. Crisp, smooth, shiny silk!

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 below you'll find a video from the Chichibu Meisen Museum outside of Tokyo, where the process and the garments are celebrated.
Meisen Museum in Chichibu, Japan

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