Blue awase hiro eri kimono of the komon type with pale pink karakusa details. It is a very unique piece which has been adapted to midi coat and has a handmade hood. The fabric is omeshi.
Dress Length: 98 cm | 38.6"
Sleeve Length: 32 cm | 12.6"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 64 cm | 25.2"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% wild silk
Lining 100% synthetic silk
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. 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. It can be worn for the theater and informal social events as well as for town.
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.
Omeshi is a heavy silk crêpe woven with strongly twisted threads, and is even firmer in texture than chirimen. Because omeshi lies neatly and gives a smart figure, it is highly recommendable for anyone who is wearing kimono for the first time. In this special Japanese silk, the weft thread is twisted both left and right and woven two together. First, the skein of raw silk is boiled in a cauldron of water until soft. After it has been dried, it is draped over a bamboo pole and submerged in the dye vat. Holding either end of the pole, two men turn the thread over the it and watch the progress of the deying. The weft thread is then waxed. The degree of twisting will determine the weight of the crepe.