Black, gray and red awase bashi eri kimono of the komon type with tatewaku pattern.
Dress Length: 133 cm | 52.4"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 64 cm | 25.2"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% cotton
Lining 100% synthetic silk
Awase is a lined kimono, exclusively worn between October and May (from Autumn to Spring in Japan). In bachi eri, the collar is folded and sewn down to the body, extending naturally towards the erisaki (the bottom of the collar). It is called bachi eri because its shape is like bachi, the stick used to play the samisen (a three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument derived from the Chinese instrument sanxian).
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.
Tatewaku is a yusoku pattern, that is, a design traditionally worn by Japanese nobility. In the Heian period, this pattern required advanced fabric-making techniques and, therefore, was exclusively used on clothes for the court nobles. It comprises pairs of vertical wavy lines, often described as resembling an hourglass, undulating around various motifs. The lines represent the mist that forms above ponds and marshes. Tatewaku is considered a lucky pattern, perhaps symbolizing "rising above”.