Ivory awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with coral kikko and ogi designs inside the hexagons, showing hand painted details along the garment. The fabric is habutae, a smooth, glossy silk cloth with a fine weave.
Dress Length: 151 cm | 59.4"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 67 cm | 26.4"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% synthetic 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.
Kikko means "tortoise shell." Originally, this hexagonal geometric design came from Western Asia. In Asian cultures, the tortoise represents longevity and in Japan this animal is said to live for ten thousand years. Thus, the kikko pattern symbolizes longevity. Additional designs can be found inside the hexagons, such as lucky motifs, flowers or family crests (kamon).
Ogi (fan) is very important in Japanese culture. Although the foldable fan originated in Japan and was introduced to China in the early tenth century, it was the Chinese technique of placing paper on both sides of the blades, which come together at the base to form a handle, that led to a new Japanese form called suehiro. Apart from their function of creating a breeze, they have become indispensable in exchanging greetings and at ceremonial occasions. They are a versatile design in kimonos - fans can be depicted opened out, layered one over the other to resemble ocean waves, or placed, for example, to resemble butterflies or chrysanthemums; they can also be scattered in various guises to form a pattern or fulfill the role of a canvas in which various designs can be incorporated. In traditional Japanese textile design, fans are associated with the "Seven Gods of Good Luck" and are very auspicious. Because they can be spread out, have come to symbolize development, expansion and prosperity. Also, its small ends represent birth and the blades symbolize the many possible paths leading away from this beginning.