Blue juban kimono with blue collar portraying brown eagles and momiji over nami and egasumi patterns.
Dress Length: 135 cm | 53.1"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 65 cm | 25.6"
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.
Kaede was the original name for the Japanese maple tree and momiji was traditionally used to refer to all autumn foliage, not just maple leaves. Eventually, due to the popularity of the maple leaf as the iconic autumn leaf, momiji came to refer to only maple trees. Momiji-gari (autumn leaf viewing) is a popular activity for many people and a popular kimono motif. The interesting shape of the maple leaf makes it equally popular as a single motif and grouped on branches. It is particularly charming when depicted small, making it an ideal subject for embroidery on kimono. As with hydrangeas, it is a shame to wait until the maple’s leaves are turning red to wear kimono patterned with it and happily this motif also features on many summer garments and accessories. Wearing patterns of reddening maple leaves that suggest the impending cool fall season gives others a sense of coolness – a peculiarly Japanese act of consideration. Maple leaves are also used in combination with sakura (cherry blossom) on kimono, an arrangement which is called unkin or “clouds and brocade”. The sakura are clouds and the maple leaves the brocade. Conveniently, kimono sporting this pattern can be worn at any time of the year.
Wave patterns are common in Japan because the country is surrounded by sea and has a large number or rivers. Summer kimonos feature all kinds of wave designs, ranging from layered concentric circles creating arches in a blue ocean, to waves boldly cresting or gently rippling. Favored for their vigor, waves are also often incorporated as motifs in family crests (kamon). There are also many patterns in which waves are combined with plovers, rabbits, swallows and other creatures. Nami (wave) was used as a symbol of the gods of the seas. This pattern was also seen in banners and armor from the Sengoku era (the age of provincial wars), in which troops in war resembled a moving wave. Represents strength, with marvelous depictions of churning, flowing waves.
Egasumi are stylized clouds that look like fat lines with rounded corners, representing a hazy mist.