Peach awase hiro eri haori jacket with numerous Japanese floral details, such as kikyo, ume, botan, fuji, také and matsu details. The fabric is habutae, a smooth, glossy silk cloth with a fine weave. It has fake frontal pockets.
Dress Length: 73 cm | 28.7"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
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.
Haori is a kimono jacket, quite long, with the deep kimono sleeves, traditionally worn over the kimono. A haori is not worn with an obi or any sash around it. It can be closed edge to edge with a himo, which is a pair of front ties that are fastened to the inner edge. Men's haori are usually plain on the outside, either with or without mon, but often have very decorative linings hidden inside.
Hanakotoba is the Japanese form of the language of flowers. The Japanese have a long tradition of associating meanings to flowers, and they have influenced numerous aspects of their culture from kimono to war. Flowers such as the sakura (cherry blossom) and kiku (chrysanthemum) are national symbols of Japan. Such flowers have the power to invoke powerful emotions and they are engaged in the people's thinking. Beyond these national symbols, others have more subtle meanings. In Japan, they are a traditional gift for both men and women, and are often used to convey what can't be spoken. Even nowadays, flower meanings make occasional appearances in modern popular culture such as manga and anime.
Kikyo is the bellflower, a white five petal flower that takes its name from its bell-shaped nodding head. The plant blooms from late summer into early autumn. There are both wild and domesticated varieties of the bellflower, and when chanced upon in the mountains, a cluster of these is a visual treat. Symbolizes unchanging love, honesty and obedience.
Ume is the plum blossom. Because plum trees bloom in winter, there is a saying that "the plum is the first among flowers". Prior to the Nara period (710-94), the word "flower" generally indicated the plum blossom, and in the Man'yoshu, an eight-century anthology of Japanese poetry, there are more verses about plum blossoms than cherry blossoms. A cherry tree now stands to the left of the Hall for State Ceremonies at the Imperal Palace, but originally a plum tree stood there and remained until after the Heian period (794-1185). In the Legend of the Flying Plum Tree, the cherry tree withers and dies after its master, Sugawara, leaves, but the plum and pine trees fly through the sky to be with him. However, the pine tree loses strength and falls to the earth in Settsu Province. Only the plum tree miraculously continues its flight and in a single day and night arrives at Daizaifu where its master resides and where it takes root. Ume is commonly associated with luck, nobility, purity, devotion and protection against evil.
Botan (peony), which blooms in late Spring, has been justly called the "king of flowers". It is believed to have been firs introduced to Japan from China during the Nara period (710-94). Later, in the Heian period (794-1185), it was cultivated at temples throughout the country, grown at first for its medicinal properties and later for its beauty. In the late Muromachi period (1334-1537), the peony started making an appearance in paintings and sculpture. But it was not until the Edo period (1615-1868) that peonies became all the rage and numerous ornamental varieties were grown. This period also saw the cultivation of a winter blooming variety whose roots and blossoms are protected under canopies of straw. Love of the peonies continues to endure and it has remained a favorite kimono motif up to this day, symbolizing wealth, nobility and ageless beauty.
Fuji (wisteria) is a symbol for love and is used in many kamon, the Japanese family crests. As described in the Flowering Trees entry of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, a tenth-century jornal written by a lady-in-waiting to the Empress, “Wisteria blossoms are particularly impressive when they hang long and graceful, with richly colored flowers”. The wisteria at Uji’s Byodo-in temple comes into full bloom exactly in time for the May holiday season. With its flowers of noble purple and white, the wisteria was much prized by people in the Heian period (794-1185) and was often a subject in literary works of the time.
Také (bamboo) is one of the Shou Chiku Bai (Three Friends of Winter), which comprises matsu (pine), také (bamboo) and ume (plum blossom) and is traditionally used as a ranking system in Japan. Matsu is considered of the first rank, také of the second and ume of the third. Since ancient times, these three plants have been symbols of longevity, friendship, strength and integrity. Over time they have become common subjects in Chinese and Japanese painting, calligraphy and textiles, becoming an expression of celebration and joy, especially in the New Year season. Because of its sturdy root structure and its simplicity, také is particularly a symbol of prosperity, purity and innocence. Matsu symbolizes longevity, steadfastness and wisdom and is profoundly associated with winter and the New Year.