Komorebi #23


Pink awase hiro eri kimono of the iro myji type with kujaku feathers pattern.



Dress Length: 153 cm | 60.2"

Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"

Shoulder to Shoulder: 61 cm | 24"



Handmande in Japan

Exterior 100% wild silk

Lining 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.

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.

In ancient times, reddish colors were generated by akane (rubia akane) or benibana (safflower).