Tan dyed awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type showing a sakura pattern and olive green gradient at the hems.
Dress Length: 157 cm | 61.8"
Sleeve Length: 35 cm | 13.8"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 64 cm | 25.2"
Handmande in Japan
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.
Komon is an informal kimono whose pattern repeats throughout the piece and often incorporates vertical stripes. Originally used as casual clothing, it 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.
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.
Although sakura (cherry blossom) has long been a much-loved motif in Japan, patterns featuring the flower were not popular until more recent times mainly because the cherry blossom season is so short and thus the wearing of kimono bearing the cherry blossom motif was also short. As a flamboyant decoration on costumes for traditional Japanese dance and kabuki teather, however, there is no design more effective, but these costumes are worn for a specific purpose. The general public have generally preferred extremely small sakura patterns, such as little stenciled motifs. When surveying the comparatively small number of sakura designs, one can see some that feature only single blossoms, while in others branches are laden with blossoms, as in the case of a weeping cherry tree. Sakura may be used in combination with other motifs, such as flowing water as in the sakuragawa (cherry blossom river) design, and atop a raft in the hana-ikada (froral raft) design. Designs capturing a distant view of sakura were common. The scenery of a sakura covered Mt. Yoshino shrouded in mist was incorporated into patterns used on semi-formal attire and other garments. A symbol of Spring, it is now commonly used throughout the year. Cherry blossoms are a symbol of Japan and of beginnings, as they bloom at the start of the school year.