Info & Care
This gorgeous purple kimono, with its vivid colours and "modern" design, has all the hallmarks of a meisen kimono*. The gown has a part cotton/ part rayon lining. Some stitching has been used to repair holes/patches. There is one unfilled hole (2mm) on the right front panel. These repairs/blemishes do not detract from the overall beauty of the gown.
- A belt is not included
- Dry-cleaning only
Material: Silk with cotton/rayon lining
*Meisen kimono, made using inexpensive but long-lasting silk, are characterised by bold designs in vibrant and bright colours. They became popular for everyday wear in the early 20th century due to their very affordable costs.
Meisen silk was inexpensive because it is made from imperfect silk cocoons. Dye is applied to the non-white threads during the weaving process using a stencilling method called kasuri; bright colours being cleverly used to hide any discolouration. As the stencils used for the dyings were never completely lined up, meisen designs are often distinguishable by their blurred edges. The striking designs created for meisen kimono in the first half of the 20th century were not strongly influenced by classical nature and seasons, and instead were often bold, “modern” and abstract.
Meisen gowns often have cotton or part cotton lining. This type of lining became common during the 2nd World War due to silk shortages. Production of meisen stopped around the 1950s - suggesting this kimono is over a half century old; despite this the colours are still fresh and vibrant.