Champagne awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with gray, green and bronze shima pattern over a subtle kanze-mizu texture. It has an olive green gradient at the bottom and sleeves’ hems. The fabric is habutae, a smooth, glossy silk cloth with a fine weave.
Dress Length: 157 cm | 61.8"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 64 cm | 25.2"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% silk crêpe
Lining 100% synthetic silk and silk crêpe
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.
Shima means "stripe" and this is a pattern that was imported from an island outside of Japan. It is said that this pattern was often worn by upper-class aristocrats.
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. 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.