Green awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with hand embroidered uroko details. It has been adapted to midi coat and has a handmade hood.
Dress Length: 108 cm | 42.5"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 62 cm | 24.4"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% wild silk
Lining 100% 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.
Uroko means scale .Designs that feature simple groups of triangles are presumed to have made their way to Japan from the continent. Many examples can be seen on items from the Kofun period (300-552), such as bronze mirrors, ceramics and clay figurines and as surface decorations on ornamental tumulus. They were believed to have properties that brought about reincarnation. Tokimasa Hojo, warrior and first regent of the Kamakura shogunate in central Japan, made the scale-like pattern his family crest. This is because when Hojo prayed to the Benzaiten goddess at Enoshima for the perpetuation of his family line, a giant snake appeared in the form of a beautiful woman and made a prophecy, leaving three scales behind when she disappeared. The scales alone are often used to symbolize snakes, and because of this association obi sporting such pattern are sometimes worn by people born in the year of the snake. Scales can also be interpreted to belong to a fish or dragon and it is a protective charm against misfortune. In theater, villains are marked with the scales of a snake.