Tuesday, March 27, 2018


For Geannine

Piece Unique
Size L to XXL

This bolero is created with up-cycled and vintage silks , which had other lives before to be between my hands .
The back , in silk embroidered , is from India.

On the front , a braid to close it , or not , made with 3 different silks .

The braid is finished with pendants in glass beads :
hand crafted in India , from old stock 1980s/90s

The sleeves , reddish brown with geometric Art Deco pattern , are made with a Japanese Meisen silk .

What is it , the famous Meisen silk ?
During the Taisho and Showa eras new grades of silk were being created with the outer case of silk worm cocoons. When fine silk is spun, it is pulled and reeled from the inside of cocoons , and the leftover product is silk floss , which is tougher and has irregularity that we can see on the fabrics. This sort of tougher silk floss is used to create the Meisen silk . Meisen was very popular , fashionable and modern in the early 20th Century. Beautiful and multicolored patterns were created in Meisen silk , they reveal the important influence that western art movements , Such as Art Nouveau , Art Deco and Modernism, had on early 20th Century Japanese textile design.
Meissen silk remained fashionable into the 1950s. 

I took this Meisen silk on a vintage Haori jacket .
It is difficult to give a specific date for the Japanese clothes . If you look on books or other information sources , the date ranges are rarely specific , but between 20 to 30 years for one dating. I have many documentations about them , I try to be the most exact I can in the dates . 
I can say this Meisen silk is dated early Showa period , from the 1940s to early 1950s.

The bottom of the sleeves is an organza Ikat silk .

All the bolero is lined with a vintage Liberty silk . 

Price 380 USD ( 295 € ) , Free worldwide shipping.
Special Price for my blog customers : 355 USD ( 275 € )
If you want to purchase it in Euros , it is possible , ask me.
Installment payments / layaway are possible , don't hesitate to ask to me and we can plan what is the best for you: jevdajevda@gmail.com

Colors and Light may vary depending your screen.
Sometimes marking , irregularities or imperfect embroideries / colors , condition maybe apparent , even if I restore the fabrics before to use them .
This should not be considered as imperfection and are the characteristic of vintage materials and craft method of dyeing.

Thank you for your visit and interest in my work

Jenny Eve