Ivory awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type depicting a typical Japanese landscape with a variety of plants such as kikyo, kakitsubata, susuki and matsu in brown and pink. It has silver hand-painted details along the pattern and a bright red lining in the sleeves.
Dress Length: 149 cm | 58.7"
Sleeve Length: 31 cm | 12.2"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 63 cm | 24.8"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% synthetic silk
Lining cotton and crêpe
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.
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.
Kakitsubata (iris) are beautiful flowers that bloom in Japan around May. The Japanese iris is distinguished by a yellow line at the base of the petals. If the line is white, it is a rabbitear iris, while a mesh pattern indicates a flag iris. The elegant forms of irises have made them popular as kimono designs since olden times.Tthey are often dpicted with flowing water on summer kimono and are especially valuable as motifs for expressing the water's edge. They are also often shown with yatsuhashi, bridges that run in a zigzag course. Iris root has a pleasant fragrance and in the Heian era was used by noble families as gifts or to decorate roofs. The flower offers protection from evil spirits.
Susuki (silver grass) is one of the Aki No Nanakusa (The Seven Flowers of Autumn). It’s not known who originally grouped these plants together as a representation of autumn, but their presence in even the oldest of Japanese poetry speaks to their timelessness as an autumn motif. They are: hagi (bush clover), susuki, kuzu (arrowroot), nadeshiko (dianthus, pink or wild carnation), ominaeshi (valerian or maiden flower), fujibakama (mistflower) and kikyo (Chinese bellflower). Occasionally, asagao (morning glory) substitutes kikyo. Historically, this plant was used for thatch for the roofs of homes, temples and sheds. Japanese culture embraces simplicity and subtle elegance and this plant, a simple but elegant grass, is emblematic of this mindset. Susuki is an essential decoration for Tsukimi, the mid-autumn moon viewing festival.
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.