Komorebi #68

€220,00

Floral hitoe bachi eri kimono of the yukata type in wa sarasa style. It has a hand stitched black rope patch on the back.

 

FIT 

Dress Length: 138 cm | 54.3"

Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"

Shoulder to Shoulder: 63 cm | 24.8"

 

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. Yukata  are often worn for summer evening strolls or for relaxing at home, at a hot spring or when staying as a guest at a traditional inn.

 

Japan’s textile patterns are among the most beautiful in the world – they have endless appeal and are noted for their spititual and symbolic aspects. Each pattern, which has been passed down over many years, is deeply meaningful. The beautiful history of your komorebi is also told by the numerous details you can find in its designs.

 

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.

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