Pale green awase hiro eri kimono of the houmongi type with shibakusa texture under open wings tsuru and hand-painted gold foil details. It has a contrasting orange gradient that spreads through the hems.
Dress Length: 157 cm | 61.8"
Sleeve Length: 35 cm | 13.8"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 66 cm | 26"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% satin 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.
Houmongi means “visiting dress” and, in Japanese tradition, could be used both by unmarried or married women at more relaxed moments. It is a semi formal kimono (less formal than tomesode but more formal than tsukesage or komon), whose pattern flows around the hem and the sleeve and sometimes up over the body of the kimono, joining up at the seams.
Shibakusa is the generic term for the blades of grass depicted as swaying in a gentle arc. When drops of dew (tsuyu) are added, the pattern is called tsuyu-shiba. The pattern is often used in combination with summer blooms such as fringed pinks and bellflowers. If motifs representing snowflakes are added in the form of circular notches on the blades of grass, the pattern is called yuki-mochi shibakusa (snow-laden shibakusa) and yuki-mochi tsuyu-shiba (snow-laden tsuyu-shiba). Images are sometimes added among the blades of grass. Often used as a background on summer kimono, the shibakusa plays a supporting role to other motifs, yet its depiction on kimono and other garments creates an unmistakably autumnal ambience.
Tsuru (cranes) are known by various names in Japanese. They are considered mystical birds and are praised for their noble elegance. The notion that they have long lives goes back thousands of years. They live by clear water rather than gathering in forests like regular birds, leading them to be designated “lords of feathered creatures”, sacred birds on whose backs wizards would ride. In China, the crane characters express the concept of flying among the clouds and are used to represent outstanding personalities who have transcended the heights of ordinary people. In recent times in Japan, the unkaku-mon pattern, which combines clouds and cranes, has been reserved for the robes of the Imperial family. Cranes also frequently appear as auspicious symbols on wedding garments and bridal hairpins. As symbols of perpetuating a family line, a pair of cranes may be depicted building a nest on a pine branch, but in reality, apart from a few species, most cranes cannot roost in trees and do not nest in treetops. Origami-style cranes, a well-known worldwide symbol of peace, often appear on the kimono for children and young women.