Programs  Meisen Kimono Lecture by Yoshiko Wada

Meisen Kimono Lecture by Yoshiko Wada

Mar 12, 2015

KANEKO | 1111 Jones St


KANEKO will host Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada’s lecture entitled Kitsch to Art Moderne: Meisen Kimono in the First Half of Twentieth Century Japan on Thursday, March 12 from 7–9 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Register by clicking the “Register Now” button above.

Kitsch to Art Moderne: Meisen Kimono in the First Half of the Twentieth Century Japan will explore the design, historical and cultural significance of the meisen kimono.

A group of popular kimono, haori, winter baby wrap, and futon called meisen were produced in great quantities in the first part of twentieth-century Japan.  The term, meisen, was generally used to indicate mostly silk cloth that was patterned with printed or resist dyed warp or weft threads which were then woven into cloth.

These relatively inexpensive and visually dazzling textiles were new to the market and became popular among lower and middle class women.  The designs reflect the consumers’ taste, fashion trends, and the social phenomena of the period.  At that time, there was a strong public interest, which was considered “modern” or “mod,” in things Western and exotic.

These apparent and conspicuous popular aesthetics set meisen textiles apart from the rest of Japanese traditional textiles in a way that puzzles contemporary viewers in Japan and abroad.  Nevertheless, after World War II, meisen production virtually disappeared due to a rapid decline in demand for inexpensive kimonos.  Thereafter, the market was replaced by more practical Western style clothing.

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher and film producer and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops, and participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fiber and textiles. Yoshiko is president of the World Shibori Network and founder of Slow Fiber Studios. Learn more at

FIBER is made possible by generous support from the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and ARC Document Solutions.

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