Pale coral and white awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with a kumo pattern and subtle nanten details.
Dress Length: 157 cm | 61.8"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 63 cm | 24.8"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% satin silk
Lining 100% synthetic silk
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.
Kumo means cloud. In ancient times, the Chinese people performed augury by observing the figure or color of clouds which climbed toward the sky from mountains. This custom passed on to Japan and the motif of cloud began to be used widely. In after ages, the figure of the motif extended more transversally generating three distinct cloudy patterns: onigumo (“oni” originally means “ogre”, which often turns into the meaning of “fierce”); tanabikigumo (“tanabiki” means “trail”); and yokogumo (“yoko” means “horizontal”).
Despite being commonly known as the heavenly bamboo or the sacred bamboo, nanten (nandina) is not a bamboo but an evergreen shrub with delicate, bamboo-like foliage. Different varieties bear clusters of red, white or pale purple berries, which the Japanese associate with winter. Beloved for the contrast provided by its berries, the “snow covered sacred bamboo” pattern has come to feature on kimono. Historically known as an auspicious tree that can transform troubles or make bad fortune disappear, nanten also symbolizes endurance as it never dies, valiantly surviving the various seasons. The leaves are thought to have medicinal qualities, while a proverb maintains that the heavenly bamboo can get rid of bad dreams by being shaken.