Pale green awase hiro eri kimono of the iro tomesode hitotsu mon type with nami texture and tsuru mon at the back.
Dress Length: 146 cm | 57.5"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 60 cm | 23.6"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% silk crêpe
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.
In Japanese culture, iro muji has both formal and informal use and is therefore considered the basic kimono, often being the first kimono worn by the Japanese in adulthood. It is a plain color piece that can take on any color except black and can have texture but never pattern. With mon (crests), it becomes more formal and converts into iro tomesode as this one.
Mon means crest. The term kamon refers to a crest used in Japan to indicate one's origins, that is, one's family lineage, blood line, ancestry and status. It is said that there are more than 20,000 distinct individual kamon in Japan. Garments with mon are divided into three types: itsutsu mon (five crests), mitsu mon (three crests) and hitotsu mon (one crest). If it has just one mon, it will be at the center back; if it has three mon, they will be at the center back and on the back of the sleeves; and if it has five mon, there will be one on the front and back of each sleeve and one at the center back. This specific mon depicts a pair of cranes, representing a happy marriage.
Wave patterns are common in Japan because the country is surrounded by sea and has a large number or rivers. Summer kimonos feature all kinds of wave designs, ranging from layered concentric circles creating arches in a blue ocean, to waves boldly cresting or gently rippling. Favored for their vigor, waves are also often incorporated as motifs in family crests (kamon). There are also many patterns in which waves are combined with plovers, rabbits, swallows and other creatures. Nami (wave) was used as a symbol of the gods of the seas. This pattern was also seen in banners and armor from the Sengoku era (the age of provincial wars), in which troops in war resembled a moving wave. Represents strength, with marvelous depictions of churning, flowing waves.
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.