Komorebi #64

€190,00

Prussian blue hitoe bachi eri kimono of the yukata type with plum and white hishi pattern. It has a horizontal detail on the back and karakusa pattern inside.

 

FIT

Dress Length: 141 cm | 55.5"

Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"

Shoulder to Shoulder: 65 cm | 25.6"

 

MATERIAL

Handmande in Japan

100% cotton

 

HISTORY

A kimono without liner is called hitoe, which means "single cloth". It is exclusively worn from June to September, the Summer season in Japan. In bachi eri, the collar is folded and sewn down to the body, extending naturally towards the erisaki (the bottom of the collar). It is called bachi eri because its shape is like bachi, the stick used to play the samisen (a three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument derived from the Chinese instrument sanxian).

Yukata is an unlined kimono, originally based off of hot springs bathrobes, which has become very popular at summer festivals. Nowadays a young Japanese person may not wear kimonos very often and may only hire them for special occasions, but might well have one or more Yukatas for summer wear, as they are usually hand washable, much more casual, easier to wear and easier to maintain.

Since ancient times, blue has been liked by the common people while purple has been a noble color. Ai-iro line is one of the representative color of the summer in Japan and is commonly used for yukata.

Hishi is a geometric pattern based on rhombus. It is believed that this shape was created spontaneously in prehistoric Japan, and several variations were developed in the Heian era as a pattern for Japanese textiles.

Karakusa (arabesque) is an ornamental pattern consisting of interwined flowing lines inspired by stalks and tendrils and by the links between the leaves and vines of plants. Originated in the western Asia region, it spread throughout the world. A grape and arabesque motif can often be seen in the art of Persia during the Sassanid dynasty (300-700). In China, the pattern appeared in the Han Dynasty (206-220), but its use for adorning clothing became widespread only with the arrival of buddhism in China after the third century. Karakusa became a central motif for clothing decoration during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The pattern is thought to have entered Japan in the fifth century via the Silk Road from China. Combined with botanical motifs such as hollyhocks, chrysanthemums and peonies, there is no limit to the number of karakusa patterns that can be created. It is a symbol for eternity and sometimes a symbol for a family's legacy, like a family tree in the Western culture.

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