Salmon awase hiro eri kimono of the iro myji type depicting textured shibakusa.
Dress Length: 158 cm | 62.2"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 63 cm | 24.8"
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.
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.
In ancient times, reddish colors were generated by akane (rubia akane) or benibana (safflower).