Abstract Meisen Kimono
Instead of the traditional pictorial symbols, many meisen employed abstract and geometric designs to echo the spirit of the age.
Abstract Meisen Kimono, detail
Painterly Meisen Kimono
The techniques of meisen meant that painterly effects, such as brushstrokes, could be created on the cloth in a way not previously possible with stencils.
Painterly Meisen Kimono, detail
In the meisen examples the ribbons take on many forms, but in all cases they dominate the entire design.
Lined Meisen Kimono, detail
Lined Meisen Kimono
Traditional Meisen Kimono
The new meisen kimono did not just draw their designs from contemporary sources. Much of the imagery was taken from traditional Japanese art and designs that had been used on kimono for centuries.
Traditional Meisen Kimono, detail
Flower Meisen Kimono
The flowers and foliage that decorated meisen kimono, were manipulated and modernised to provide a contemporary visual statement.
Flower Meisen Kimono, detail