I'm not really in the business of selling vintage clothes, but occasionally I need to clear space in the closet so here is where I'll be adding the odd piece from my own personal collection that I have built up over the years for research purpose, or (like this piece) that I have discovered on my travels and have no space for.
CONSTRUCTION & FABRIC: This is a wonderful vintage Japanese kimono, entirely hand stitched with the tiniest neatest stitches imaginable. It is made from a fabric called 'rinzu', which is a silk satin damask.....the glossy silk satin figured with an abstract matt wave pattern, creating almost a 'moiré' effect. The silk is smooth, supple and of a light-medium weight with a beautiful drape. It would make a beautiful dressing robe, and would definitely lend an air of luxurious glamour to those 'getting ready' wedding day photos.
The kimono is fully lined, with the 'skirt' faced in silk crepe that has a green ombré band at the hem fading into ivory, and the rest of the garment being lined in a matching slightly lighter weight silk habutai.
The colour is a light fresh 'Spring' green, subtly ombré shading into areas of ivory towards the hem and on the sleeves. There is a magnificent peacock, embroidered in shades of green with metallic gold and silver thread tail-fan feathers, positioned on the left front skirt extending around to the back. There are further sprays of gold and green embroidered feathers on the sleeves and shoulders.
STYLE: This is a traditional 'Furisode' style of kimono, worn by Japanese women before marriage. Its defining characteristic is the very long length of the sleeves, the fluttering of which are supposed to be particularly feminine and seductive. Furisode kimonos were worn on formal occasions, and would have been secured with a separate 'Obi' sash of stiffer silk.
I have displayed this on the mannequin secured with a sash of yellow silk (not included in sale), but it looks great worn open as a dressing robe, or you could make your own silk sash to close it, or of course locate a traditional complementary obi for a more authentic look.
SIZE: Kimonos are all made from a single bolt of cloth (traditionally with a standard width of 14"), and as such are 'one-size' , fitting a range of sizes from UK 8-16 when made in this width. They are also generally very long, with the excess length being folded around the waist before being secured with the sash.
This particular kimono has a width of 50", and a length of 64". The sleeve length (shoulder to lowest point) is 41"
CONDITION: This is in excellent undamaged condition, freshly dry-cleaned, with really no flaws or marks, apart from one or two VERY faint 'smudges' towards the hem of the lining.
AGE; I am absolutely not an expert on kimonos, but from what my research suggests, taking into account the hand-stitched construction, the type of silk used, and the excellent robust condition, I suggest that this dates from sometime around the middle of the last century.