Blue awase hiro eri kimono of the iro tomesode hitotsu mon type with kujaku texture and maruni musubi izutsu mon at the back. It has a cerulean gradient that runs along the hems.
Dress Length: 152 cm | 59.8"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 64 cm | 25.2"
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.
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.
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.
Kujaku (peacocks) are members of the pheasant family. The male’s highly decorative eye-spotted tail covert feathers are the source of two motifs: the whole body of the peacock or the feathers on their own or in combination with flowers or other objects. Peacock designs frequently appeared on homongi (semi-formal atire with patterns taht flow over the shoulders, seams and sleeves), furisode (a single woman’s formal kimono with long sleeves and patterns over the entire garment), fukuro-obi (a long formal obi patterned only on one side) and other garments from the late Meiji period (1868-1912), but more articularly in the early Showa era (1926-88). Interesting interpretations of peacocks can be found on fukuro-obi and other items from about 1955. Apart from their sheer beauty, peacock motifs were well received because of the novelty and popularity of Western design that incorporated them. Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) entered Europe in huge numbers and had a considerable influence on Art Nouveau designs. Those designs re-entered Japan and were subsequently incorporated into kimono, pictures and other media. In addition, the peacock, which eats noxious and poisonous insects, is considered a symbol of faith. In esoteric Buddhism, the deity Mahamayuri, who is often depicted riding a peacock, is believed to bestow blessings to remove disasters and distress that befall people.