Blue juban kimono with symbolic Japanese objects such as the kuwagata kabuto and the matoi.
Dress Length: 133 cm | 52.4"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 64 cm | 25.2"
Handmande in Japan
Juban is an underwear kimono, worn under the outer kimono. Only the very edge of the collar (at the edge of the outer kimono's collar) and the bottom of the juban (when the outer kimono is held up when walking) are seen. It is much shorter than an outer kimono, as it is not worn with the big fold over at the waist that outer ones are worn with.
Kabuto is a type of helmet first used by ancient Japanese warriors which, in later periods, became an important part of the traditional Japanese armour worn by the samurai class and their retainers in feudal Japan. Kabuto are often adorned with crests called datemono or tatemono. The four types of decorations were the maedate (frontal decoration), wakidate (side decorations), kashiradate (top decoration) and ushirodate (rear decoration). These can be mon (family crests) or flat or sculptural objects representing animals, mythical entities, prayers or other symbols. Horns are particularly common, and many kabuto incorporate kuwagata (stylized deer horns).
Matoi is an object used in the Edo period by firemen to notify people of a fire. In this period, firemen were regarded as heroes and each different group of firemen had their own matoi to identify themselves. In modern Japan, it is only used for ceremonial purposes.