Meisen Silk Kimonos were produced during the late 1800's though the mid 1900's. Both the warp and the weft threads were dyed using stencils and weaved afterwards. This process created the blurred edges in the designs. In the 1920's, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Cubism, Constructivism and exaggerated versions of the traditional Minimalism in Japanese design became popular motifs on Meisen Textiles. Following WWI , this bold change in fashion from western influence represented the liberation of Japanese women, using color and design to express their individuality. During production, contests were held at design houses and only twenty kimonos were made from each design. After WWII , Japan was exposed to an even larger influence from Western culture and dress, and the Meisen kimono lost popularity. Today only a couple workshops in Gunma Perfecture still create Meisen textiles. Meisen kimonos are gaining popularity, and are desirable to collectors at all levels.
The Meisen kimono items are all hand made by repurposing vintage midcentury silk kimono textiles from Japan. Antique buttons are used on all the purses. The lining is new black Kona cotton.
Bold Meisen eyeglass cases
Meisen Purse with vintage button
Modern vintage Meisen eyeglass case
Meisen kimono silk coin purse and purse with vintage button
Meisen Eyeglass Case
1930's Meisen Silk Clutch Purse 12" x 6.5"
Meisen textile purses with vintage buttons
Example of modern midcentury Meisen silk, eyeglass case and business/credit card holder
Vintage Meisen silk with bamboo pattern. Purse and eyeglass case.
Meisen silk textile purse and business card holder
Meisen purse and business/credit card holder
1930's meisen Silk Clutch Purse 11.5" x 6.5"
Meisen silk kimono pillows accented with Kona and Shot cotton
Hand made throw pillows using vintage silk neckties 12" x 22". Accent fabric is new Kona cotton and Shot cotton. Fabricated by Jennifer Morales.
Eyeglass cases are hand pieced using vintage silk neckties. Accent fabrics are Shot cotton and Kona cotton.
COIN PURSES ARE VARIOUS SIZES AND CAN BE USED FOR CONTACT LENSE CASE, COMPACT, LIPSTICK... ALL CASES ARE HAND MADE AND DESIGNED BY JENNIFER MORALES USING RECYCLED NECKTIES AND IMPORTED COTTON.