Meisen silk kimonos were produced during the late 1800's through the mid 1900's. Both the warp and weft threads were dyed using stencils and weaved afterward, creating the blurred edges unique to Meisen. In the 1920's, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Cubism, Constructivism, and exaggerated versions of traditional Minimalism Japanese design became popular motifs on Meisen textiles. Following WWI, this bold change in fashion from Western influence represented the liberation of the Japanese women, using color and design to express their individuality. 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 silk textiles. Meisen kimonos are gaining popularity, and are desirable to collectors at all levels.
In 2016 I stumbled across Meisen silk Kimono textiles from the 1930's - 1960's at the Dallas Quilt Show. I went home that evening with my new finds and stayed up all night making items. The ideas kept flowing and so I returned to the quilt show the next day to buy more of these unique silk textiles, hoping others would see what I saw. Well they did, and that is how this all began.
It is natural for me to design with an underlying theme of less is more. Vintage Meisen silk needs only to be framed not embellished to enhance their beauty.
Every accessory purchased from Morales Object Design is designed and constructed by Jennifer Morales in Denton Texas. The Meisen silk used Is vintage circa 1930's to 1960's.