Pink awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with white, yellow and lilac igeta pattern woven with kasuri technique.
Dress Length: 154 cm | 60.6"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 67 cm | 26.4"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% cotton
Lining cotton and silk crêpe
Awase is a lined kimono, exclusively worn between October and May (from Autumn to Spring in Japan). In hiro eri, the collar is wide and its inside is not sewn to the body. When put on, the lapel can be folded in two to feature the widht desired and fall naturally toward the erisaki (the bottom of the collar). It is used in many women’s kimonos.
Komon is an informal kimono whose pattern repeats throughout the piece and often incorporates vertical stripes. Originally used as casual clothing, it is nowadays very rare since, with the westernization of clothing in Japan and the disuse of kimonos as a day-to-day wear, tailors have virtually ceased to produce it.
The kanji character igeta looks exactly like the criss-crossed timbres known as well-curbs which were once seen all over Japan as a grille protecting the unwary from tumbling into an open well head. It has been a popular fabric motif for centuries, especially as a fashionable minimalist pattern on woven kasuri ikat cottons and for children’s yukata cotton kimono. Since a well is a source of water, it symbolizes life and good fortune.
Kasuri is a Japanese word for fabric that has been woven with fibers dyed specifically to create patterns and images in the fabric. It is an ikat (resist-dyeing) technique. The patterns are characterized by a blurred or brushed appearance. The warp and weft threads are resist-dyed in specific patterns. Prior to dyeing, sections of the warp and weft yarns are tightly wrapped with thread to protect them from the dye. When woven together, the undyed areas interlace to form patterns.
In ancient times, reddish colors were generated by akane (rubia akane) or benibana (safflower).