Purple awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type dyed in the kanoko shibori technique. It has a purple gradient that runs through the bottom and the sleeve’s hems.
Dress Length: 159 cm | 62.6"
Sleeve Length: 34 cm | 13.4"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 65 cm | 25.6"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% synthetic silk
100% synthetic silk and silk crêpe
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.
We can say purple is the most noble color, kodai-murasaki being the most typical. Since ancient times, purple has been the noble color worldwide. In Japan, under the first system to rank officials into 12 levels established by Prince Shotoku in 603, purple was the color which was only allowed to be used by the top rank people. In the Edo period, edo-murasaki color became fashionable among ordinary people (Edo is the ancient name of Tokyo and murasaki means purple. In the era of the 8th Shogun Yoshimune Tokugawa, murasaki-sou (Lithospermum erythrorhizon) were grown and dyeing clothes in purple became popular around the west Edo. This purple color was bluish and called edo-murasaki, contrasting with kyo-murasaki (Kyo means Kyoto) which is reddish. Sukeroku, the main character in one of the famous kabuki performances “Sukeroku yukari no Edo-zakura”, wears a edo-murasaki browband.
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.
Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that typically involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in paint. Whatever is used to bind the fabric will resist the dye, resulting in areas of the cloth that take the distinctive dye in patterns created by the resistance, and other areas of the cloth that remain white. Kumo shibori produces a spider web effect. Arashi shibori produces a storm effect. Kanoko shibori produces a pattern resembling the spots on a fawn bounded in squares.