Coral awase bachi eri kimono of the komon type with yashiwara shima pattern. It has a hand stitched black rope patch on the back.
Dress Length: 158 cm | 62.2"
Sleeve Length: 33 cm | 13"
Shoulder to Shoulder: 67 cm | 26.4"
Handmande in Japan
Exterior 100% cotton
Lining taffeta and synthetic silk
Awase is a lined kimono, exclusively worn between October and May (from Autumn to Spring 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).
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.
The chain-link shima pattern is known as yoshiwara shima, referring to the town where the pattern came from. Yoshiwara shima symbolizes how the town draws you in and holds you, like chains. It has also been described to be the chains linking a community together.