Gray awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type in wa sarasa style.
Dress Length: 145 cm | 57"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 63 cm | 24.8"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% cotton
Lining 100% cotton
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.
Although ships from Portugal and Spain first carried textiles to Japan in the 17th century, it was painted and printed fabric, specifically calico (sarasa in Japanese) from India that had the greatest impact. Introduced in Japan through areas along the Silk Road, many countries along the Silk Road such as India, Java, Thai, Persia have had their characteristic sarasa design developed. Demand for the brightly colored Indian calico came mostly from the Kansai region (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe) and was largely used for concealed undergarments. From the Muromachi period (1334-1573) until the early modern era, imported calico was called kowatari sarasa and was particularly prized. Cloth manufactured in Japan imitated this imported calico (wa-zarasa, literally "Japanese calico"), with types including nabeshima-sarasa, sakai-sarasa and kyo-sarasa. Kyo-sarasa largely employs a technique using sletching and pattern papers. Due to the quality of the water, the textile dyeing industry in Kyoto during the Edo period developed around the Horikawa River system which ran through the center of the city, thus giving rise to a type of calico cloth called horikawa-sarasa. Approximately 30 paper patterns are normally used for one work, while some works use as many as 200-300. Colors are carefully overlaid using dye brushes, giving the pattern a three-dimensional feeling. Patterns of wa sarasa display Japanese floral designs and geometric shapes.