Blue awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with a silky texture resembling water drops along a ryusui-mizu pattern with small ajisai hand painted details.
Dress Length: 153 cm | 60.2"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 64 cm | 25.2"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% satin silk
Lining taffeta and 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.
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.
Water is expressed in different 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. Tha fact that water lends itself to repeating patterns may explain 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.
During the rainy season in Japan, ajisai (hydrangeas) are like a ball of light in a garden. Western hydrangeas are said to have made their way from Japan via China to Europe, where they have been propagated to produce a variety of colors and forms. The origin of the Japanese word ajisai may have derived from a combination of aji (to gather) and sai (indigo).