Black awase bashi eri kimono of the komon type with red kujaku feathers pattern.
Dress Length: 144 cm | 56.7"
Sleeve Length: 35 cm | 13.8"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 62 cm | 24.4"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% cotton
Awase is a lined kimono, exclusively worn between October and May (from Autumn to Spring 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.
Kujaku (peacocks) are members of the pheasant family. The male’s highly decorative eye-spotted tail covert feathers are the source of two motifs: the whole body of the peacock or the feathers on their own or in combination with flowers or other objects. Peacock designs frequently appeared on homongi (semi-formal atire with patterns taht flow over the shoulders, seams and sleeves), furisode (a single woman’s formal kimono with long sleeves and patterns over the entire garment), fukuro-obi (a long formal obi patterned only on one side) and other garments from the late Meiji period (1868-1912), but more articularly in the early Showa era (1926-88). Interesting interpretations of peacocks can be found on fukuro-obi and other items from about 1955. Apart from their sheer beauty, peacock motifs were well received because of the novelty and popularity of Western design that incorporated them. Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) entered Europe in huge numbers and had a considerable influence on Art Nouveau designs. Those designs re-entered Japan and were subsequently incorporated into kimono, pictures and other media. In addition, the peacock, which eats noxious and poisonous insects, is considered a symbol of faith. In esoteric Buddhism, the deity Mahamayuri, who is often depicted riding a peacock, is believed to bestow blessings to remove disasters and distress that befall people.