When: Sept. 16-27 2014
Meisen is a plain-weave, hand-printed and woven silk textile made popular between 1910 and 1950 in Japan. It was worn in kimono or haori form in everyday life by young women who embodied a new world order marked by a desire for independence, education and freedom. “It is also said that women who needed to look beautiful and stand out wore them, such as actresses, bar hostesses, and stage performers. Those who were engaged in the entertainment business,” states Haruko Watanabe. The patterns found in the Meisen cloth are dazzling, bold, and abstract, reflecting the imaginative power in this time of dramatic social change. Most of the garments we see in the gallery were produced between 1930 and 1940 in the Gunma Prefecture of Japan. Nancy Price and Naoko Furue are pleased to present fifty-four of these outstanding pieces from the collection of Haruko Watanabe.