Black awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with subtle igeta pattern and bright red lining. The fabric is chirimen, the regular Japanese silk crêpe.
Dress Length: 143 cm | 56.3"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 63 cm | 24.8"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% silk crêpe
Lining taffeta and synthetic silk
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.
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.
Igeta (cross) depicts a well from the way that four stout wooden beams would be crossed to form the top of a wellhead. It is a common motif in Japanese fabrics because of its simplicity. Since a well is a source of water, it symbolizes life and good fortune.