Gray juban kimono with dark blue collar and a pattern depicting Japanese landscapes and matsu. It has hand-painted gold foil details over the dyed pattern.
Dress Length: 140 cm | 55.1"
Sleeve Length: 34 cm | 13.4"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 69 cm | 27.2"
Handmande in Japan
Juban is an underwear kimono, worn under the outer kimono. Only the very edge of the collar (at the edge of the outer kimono's collar) and the bottom of the juban (when the outer kimono is held up when walking) are seen. It is much shorter than an outer kimono, as it is not worn with the big fold over at the waist that outer ones are worn with.
As Japan is surrounded by sea on all sides, its people have a long-held and deep interest in the sea. Since ancient times, all kinds of ships, from tiny boats carrying firewood to large European vessels, have been of great interest to Japan. As shipping was the main means of transporting goods until the early Meiji era (1868-1912), Japanese-style ships known as kitamae-bune played an important role in conveying commodities from all parts of the country. The Japan Sea coast was a frequently used route for these ships, and models of kitamae-bune and relics of the ports remain in coastal towns. Ships called taru-kaisen were also famous for plying the route from Osaka and Nishinomiya to Edo carrying nada-no-zaké, saké brewed in Nada in Hyogo Prefecture. The saké was said to have matured and developed its flavor over the course of the sea voyage, further increasing its reputation. This association seems to have created the prevailing image of ships carrying goods and quality. Ships are a fitting motif for spring, a season of many departures. An early and important pattern for dyeing and weaving is the ship bearing the seven gods of good fortune and their treasures. Images of sail boats were also often used to decorate cloths draped over the gifts to ensure auspicious dreams on the second day of the New Year. As a motif for summer kimono, the combination of waterfront and boats makes a frequent appearance. Designs such as boats passing along the waterfront and river vessels surrounded by waves of bush clover can be seen on garments, as the boat motif imparts a feeling of coolness. To “set sail” and “pull into port” are both expressions full of promise. Used for celebratory occasions, a sailboat in full sail is a joyous design.
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.
Yama (mountains) depicts sacred places between heaven and earth. Birds flying over mountains signify overcoming life’s challenges. The big mountain depicted on this kimono is Mt. Fuji.