Green awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type depicting a dyed blue and green arashi effect. This fully hand stitched piece has a hand stitched black rope patch on the back and has been adapted to midi coat.
Dress Length: 121 cm | 47.6"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 60 cm | 23.6"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% cotton
Lining 100% taffeta
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.
A komon kimono like this one is an informal garment whose pattern repeats throughout the piece. Originally used as casual clothing, it is suited for casual parties, walking in town, go shopping or hang out at home. Komon patterns differ from full to sparse, geometric to floral, striped to splashed, colorful to discrete. As usual in kimono aesthetics, the bigger and more colorful the patterns, the younger is the wearer. They normally don't have kamon (Japanese family crests), which add formality. Some komon, though, can be considered semi-formal depending on the pattern and fabric – silk and synthetic fabrics and gold or silver details are considered less casual. This type of kimono 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.
In ancient Japan, most of the greenish colors were generated by vegetation and their names derived from vegetation and birds. We can find a beautiful palette of traditional greens in this piece, like anryokushoku, midori, miruiro, rokushou, chigusairo and mizuasagi. All combined, these colors portray an arashi (storm).