Black awase hiro eri kimono of the kuro muji type with five sangai tachibanabishi mon. Because it has five crests, it is of the itsutsu mon type. The fabric is habutae, a smooth, glossy silk cloth with a fine weave.
Dress Length: 154 cm | 60.6"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 67 cm | 26.4"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% satin silk
Lining 100% taffeta
Kuro muji is a formal plain black kimono, which may have texture but never pattern. Small mon (crests) on the shoulders are usual in this type of kimono and vary in number between one, three or five, increasing in number depending on the formality of the piece. It was also used as mofuku, the kimono of mourning.
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 label 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.
Mon means crest. The term kamon refers to a crest used in Japan to indicate one's origins, that is, one's family lineage, blood line, ancestry and status. It is said that there are more than 20,000 distinct individual kamon in Japan. Garments with mon are divided into three types: itsutsu mon (five crests), mitsu mon (three crests) and hitotsu mon (one crest). If it has just one mon, it will be at the center back; if it has three mon, they will be at the center back and on the back of the sleeves; and if it has five mon, there will be one on the front and back of each sleeve and one at the center back.