Blue awase bachi eri kimono of the komon type in kokura-ori style.
Dress Length: 145 cm | 57.1"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 63 cm | 24.8"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% cotton
Lining 100% synthetic silk
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.
Kokura-ori, a unique product of the Kokura feudal clan in the south of Japan, was a textile produced at the beginning of the 17th century. It is a vertically striped cotton cloth that was prized throughout Japan to make the hakama (a long pleated skirt worn over the kimono) and the obi (a broad sash for the kimono). It is thick and strong but has a soft texture. The use of many warps creates unique gentle color gradations, giving the vertical stripes a three-dimensional effect.