Champagne hitoe bachi eri kimono of the komon type with brown, gray, bronze and carmine kikko pattern. The fabric is habutae, a smooth, glossy silk cloth with a fine weave.
Dress Length: 144 cm | 56.7"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 61 cm | 24"
Handmande in Japan
100% satin silk
A kimono without liner is called hitoe, which means "single cloth". It is exclusively worn from June to September, the Summer season in Japan. In bachi eri, the collar is folded and sewn down to the body, extending naturally towards the erisaki (the bottom of the collar). It is called bachi eri because its shape is like bachi, the stick used to play the samisen (a three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument derived from the Chinese instrument sanxian).
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.
Kikko means "tortoise shell." Originally, this hexagonal geometric design came from Western Asia. In Asian cultures, the tortoise represents longevity and in Japan this animal is said to live for ten thousand years. Thus, the kikko pattern symbolizes longevity. Additional designs can be found inside the hexagons, such as lucky motifs, flowers or family crests (kamon).