Each tiny repeating pattern which makes up the overall design is the result of a dedicated shibori artist wrapping string around tiny bubbles of silk fabric - the colour doesn't take underneath the string when dipped. When the fabric has dried each string is undone by hand. The result is incredible. It takes many months just for this process alone to be completed. The fabric is then hand-sewn into Kimono form and lined in silk.
The fine silk inner lining in creme, features the iridescent maple leaf motifs in white and green. The ties are braided into a geometric pattern in silk, graduating from a pale to hot pink, matching the overall jacket.
This elegant piece would look as magical tied closed over a dress as it would worn as an open jacket - teamed with jeans and a t-shirt or trousers and a blouse. Shiroi Hanatsuru also makes a striking talking piece when hung on the wall as textile art.
The overall condition of this vintage garment is excellent, despite some ageing blemishes on the inner lining, and one, hardly noticeable on the rear right shoulder.
Note - Please Read before purchase:
Kimono and Haori are generally made, for wearing 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.
Length (shoulder to hem)
Neck to sleeve width
Length of sleeve hang ( top to bottom )
Width across back
*Total width (measured under arms)
(back panel plus right and left front panels)
59 + 26 + 26 = 111cm
*Please note that the above measurement is purely fabric and does not take into account overlapping when worn traditionally
Dry Clean Only
Ideally you should clean your silk kimono as little as possible to keep it in top condition. Please try to avoid using lotions or oily perfumes when you wear it. Also make sure your hands are clean as sticky or greasy fingers and Kimono don't play well together!
Air your kimono after wearing by hanging on a kimono hanger or extra wide coat-hanger.
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