Blue awase hiro eri kimono of the iro muji type with kanze-mizu and leaves details. It has a mon at the back, which classifies it as a hitotsu mon.
Dress Length: 154 cm | 60.6"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 63 cm | 24.8"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% satin silk
Lining synthetic silk
Awase is a lined kimono, exclusively worn between October and May (from Autumn to Spring in Japan). In hiro eri, the collar is wide and its inside is not sewn to the body. When put on, the lapel can be folded in two to feature the widht desired and fall naturally toward the erisaki (the bottom of the collar). It is used in many women’s kimonos.
In Japanese culture, iro muji has both formal and informal use and is therefore considered the basic kimono, often being the first kimono worn by the Japanese in adulthood. It is a plain color piece that can take on any color except black and can have texture but never pattern.
Mon means crest. The term kamon refers to a crest used in Japan to indicate one's origins, that is, one's family lineage, blood line, ancestry and status. It is said that there are more than 20,000 distinct individual kamon in Japan. Garments with mon are divided into three types: itsutsu mon (five crests), mitsu mon (three crests) and hitotsu mon (one crest). If it has just one mon, it will be at the center back; if it has three mon, they will be at the center back and on the back of the sleeves; and if it has five mon, there will be one on the front and back of each sleeve and one at the center back.
Water is expressed in diferente ways on summer kimono. There are many types of design, including the S-shaped curves of the ryusui-mizu flowing water crest and the whorls of the kanze-mizu design. The fact that water lends itself to repeating patterns may explai why it features so heavily in stencil designs woven fabrics, among other textiles. Combined with the colored leaves of fall, flowing water forms a pattern known as tatsutagawa river.
The Japanese have always been surrounded by an abundance of trees lining the streets as well as adorning the grounds of temples and shrines. The distinctive formation and shape of many of the trees’ leaves, such as the maple and gingko, and their beauty in autumnal coloring, as well as the glossy green leaves of the evergreens, have inspired generations of craftspeople and figure prominently as a design motif on clothing and textile patterns.