This kimono features embroidered Gosan Kiri Kamon at central back and Kiri (paulownia) pattern Rinzu silk fabric base to match with it.
Kikiyo (bell flower) is also mixed into the pattern, together with a rich and deep purple, Kikyo-iro, a traditional colour to show appreciation of the beauty of bell flower. Fabric is dyed with indigo first, and then layered with the safflower dye.
The Kiri is one of the 10 most used family emblems in Japan. Kiri were seen as sacred trees in ancient China, because it was believed that phoenixes only perched on their branches. It was firstly favoured by the Japanese imperial family during the Heian period (794-1185), and was later used by several samurai clans, most notably the Abe and the Ashikaga. Kiri mon has a great number of variations, one of them is Gosan kiri, translates as 'five three paulownia', which can be traced back to Sengoku Era back to 17th century.
Therefore, this kimono is a true collector's piece, not only because of its exquisite craftsmanship which is rare in today's market, but also for the excellent match of its kamon, colouration and pattern design. Kiri and kikiyo patterns with partial embroidery are also featured at hem, together with other classical motifs such as tree peony, bamboo leaves, camellia, pine, plum blossom, chrysanthemum and tachibana.
In excellent condition except 2 tiny pull holes along central back lining.
Dry Clean only
BELT NOT INCLUDED
Approximate measurements for reference:
Length (along central back seam): 142cm
Sleeve Length: 32cm
Sleeve Width: 68cm
Underarm to Underarm (top bust half circle): 58cm
Left Sleeve edge to Right sleeve edge ( total length of two sleeves plus shoulder width): 124cm
All vintage and pre-loved unicorn items have their stories. There may be some signs of wear, to state their uniqueness. Please keep this in mind when making your purchase.
Please note due to individual device, light and other factors, colour may appear to be slightly varied.