'Hanakotoba' Kimono

  • 'The language of flowers' says it all... or does it. In this case there are a couple of secrets. Although this flowing black crepe-silk, vintage kimono has such large, intricate flowers screen-printed around the base that you can barely take your eyes off them there are hidden messages worth seeking out.

    A feature area of gold silk embroidery, on the front left hand side panel (see image 2) adds life and movement to the art work colours, in muted tones of red, green, grey and gold, and the lining is in pale gold silk. But the most delightful part of this story is the lining of the inner lapels - a completely different, slightly more relaxed and exotic floral display for your eyes only - or those you choose to share it with. It is quite exquisite. See the last 2 images to note the change in style. 

    There are 3 Kamon or family crests across the back, on the top of each sleeve and just under the collar.

    Condition

    It is in very good condition generally but there are tiny age speckles visible in the lighter coloured parts of the external fabric (images 3 & 4)  in the patterning as you can see in the detail images - although hardly noticeable unless you are up very close to the hem of the kimono. There's also a little age spotting and watermarking on the inner lining which is not visible when worn or displayed as art.

    Given its age and ornate design, plus the raised gold and silver embroidery in one section this piece would look stunning displayed as a wall hanging.

    Note - Please Read before purchase:

    Kimonos are generally made, for wearing traditionally tied with an Obi sash, on smaller framed, not too tall bodies - however if worn as an open jacket there is generally enough room in the sleeve area and in length to be worn by several sizes larger and taller than originally intended. However there is no guarantee it will sit perfectly on your body shape. Let's call it freestyle!

    As we take every measure to ensure you are advised of the correct sizing prior to purchase - we ask you to please be aware that we don't refund for garments chosen in error. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries regarding dimensions before purchase.

    All vintage and antique kimono and haori were hand made. Therefore you may see some loose, temporary stitches around edges of sleeves, hems and collars on our kimonos. These stitches, called shitsuke ito, are kept in place to assist the valuable kimono in retaining its shape and alignment. In Japan the stitches are normally removed before wearing then restitched again after cleaning and before storage, for the same reasons as above. We like the look of authenticity they bring so feel free to retain them if you like, or remove them before wearing.

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