Coper awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with hishi pattern under yukiwa details.
Dress Length: 139 cm | 54.7"
Sleeve Length: 34 cm | 13.4"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 66 cm | 26"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% silk crêpe
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.
Hishi is a geometric pattern based on rhombus. It is believed that this shape was created spontaneously in prehistoric Japan, and several variations were developed in the Heian era as a pattern for Japanese textiles. There are many variations, however the most interesting are yotsuwaribishi or waribishi (quartered diamond), the pattern with flowers instead of diamond shapes, called hanabishi mon'you, very common between Heian and Kamakura Period; and saiwaibishi, the combination of geometrical and floral pattern.
The yukiwa pattern represents snowflakes, and was drawn before people could see the real geometry of snowflakes. It became popular in Edo period Japan for summer kimonos, usually depicted with flowers or bamboo shoots inside the circles. The shape of the snow crystal is usually a concentric and hexagonal. The “snow wreath” is a stylized motif of the snow crystal, incised around the outside of a shape like a chrysanthemum seal. Sekkamon depicts a combination of snow and flowers; yukiwa-suzume is a pattern with snow wreath and sparrow; ogiyukiwa is a fan-shaped yukiwa.
Cha of chairo means Japanese green tea, and brownish colors were generated by decocted green tea. It became fashionable and various chairo colors were produced in the Edo era.