Peach awase hiro eri kimono of the iro muji type. It has a textured seigaiha pattern which gets different gradients with the incidence of light. The fabric is habutae, a smooth, glossy silk cloth with a fine weave.
Dress Length: 151 cm | 59.4"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 62 cm | 24.4m"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% satin silk
Lining taffeta and satin 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.
Wave patterns are common in Japan because the country is surrounded by sea and has a large number or rivers. Summer kimonos feature all kinds of wave designs, ranging from layered concentric circles creating arches in a blue ocean, to waves boldly cresting or gently rippling. Favored for their vigor, waves are also often incorporated as motifs in family crests (kamon). There are also many patterns in which waves are combined with plovers, rabbits, swallows and other creatures. Seigaiha means "blue ocean waves." This pattern has been used in Egypt, Persia and around the world. In Japan, it is said that the name comes from seigaiha, the title of an ancient Japanese court dance. In ancient times, it was used for auspicious events. It is considered a symbol of peace, good luck and good fortune.