Ivory awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with flying tsuru and matsu over ishidatami texture, showing a deep blue-green gradient at the bottom and sleeves’ hem.
Dress Length: 158 cm | 62.2"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 64 cm | 25.2"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% synthetic silk
Lining taffeta and 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.
Tsuru (cranes) are known by various names in Japanese. They are considered mystical birds and are praised for their noble elegance. The notion that they have long lives goes back thousands of years. They live by clear water rather than gathering in forests like regular birds, leading them to be designated “lords of feathered creatures”, sacred birds on whose backs wizards would ride. In China, the crane characters express the concept of flying among the clouds and are used to represent outstanding personalities who have transcended the heights of ordinary people. In recent times in Japan, the unkaku-mon pattern, which combines clouds and cranes, has been reserved for the robes of the Imperial family. Cranes also frequently appear as auspicious symbols on wedding garments and bridal hairpins. As symbols of perpetuating a family line, a pair of cranes may be depicted building a nest on a pine branch, but in reality, apart from a few species, most cranes cannot roost in trees and do not nest in treetops. Origami-style cranes, a well-known worldwide symbol of peace, often appear on the kimono for children and young women.
Matsu (pine) is one of the Shou Chiku Bai (Three Friends of Winter), which comprises matsu, 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. Matsu symbolizes longevity, steadfastness and wisdom and is profoundly associated with winter and the New Year. Sometimes it's also represented by the pine bark diamond pattern.
Ishidatami, also known as Ichimatumoyo, is a checkerboard pattern. Due to its simple design, it was used in many different ways throughout the years. Each new development of the pattern was dictated by the presiding fashion at the time, usually featuring that era's popular color.