White awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with gray, lavanda and pink nadeshiko flowers dyed in kasuri style.
Dress Length: 152 cm | 59.8"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 63 cm | 24.8"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% satin 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.
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.
Nadeshiko (dianthus, pink or wild carnation) has always had a strong association with women and love. The Waka poets saw the Nadeshiko as a personification of a girl who has been raised by a man and its association with women is still just as strong today. With its pretty flowers and delicate leaves, the pink takes its Japanese name from the tenderness it inspires, similar to the feeling when patting a child affectionately on the head (naderu). One of the Aki No Nanakusa (The Seven Flowers of Fall), it blooms around August and September, bringing forth five delicately separated pink-edged white petals. In olden times, it was also known as tokonatsu, or "everlasting summer". In the modern world, the term yamato nadeshiko is used to describe the ideal Japanese woman.
Kasuri is a Japanese word for fabric that has been woven with fibers dyed specifically to create patterns and images in the fabric. It is an ikat (resist-dyeing) technique. The patterns are characterized by a blurred or brushed appearance. The warp and weft threads are resist-dyed in specific patterns. Prior to dyeing, sections of the warp and weft yarns are tightly wrapped with thread to protect them from the dye. When woven together, the undyed areas interlace to form patterns .