Buddhist Kimono with Svastika ( in Sanscrit), (Manji in Japanese). The swastika is used as an auspicious mark on Buddhist temples. It can often be seen on the decorative borders around paintings, altar cloths and banners. In Tibetan Buddhism, it is also used as a clothing decoration. The red or yellow are also considered to be orthodox for Tibetan monks’ clothing.
In Buddhism, the swastika is almost always clockwise. It signifies auspiciousness and good fortune as well as the Buddha's footprints and the Buddha's heart. The swastika is said to contain the whole mind of the Buddha and can often be found imprinted on the chest, feet or palms of Buddha images. It is also the first of the 65 auspicious symbols on the footprint of the Buddha. The swastika has also often been used to mark the beginning of Buddhist texts. In China and Japan, the Buddhist swastika was seen as a symbol of plurality, eternity, abundance, prosperity and long life.
Unique and authentic silk crepe motifs, plain woven, with hand-painted, rice-paste resist outlining (yūzen) and floral embroidery (karabana). item is lined with silk and can be worn on both sides.
This is a collectors’ item, authentic and unique. Many different factors determine prices. First: age, rarity, and condition. Second: aesthetics. Since in Japan the best kimono have always been considered textile art, kimono prices can vary as much as do prices on paintings. Thus, beautiful and rare/unique kimono command a premium.
Condition: The item is in excellent vintage condition. Minimal time patina and frays inherent with age. Item is not cleaned or repaired. It is wearable. Kimono acquired by our family assisted by a Japanese expert, while living in Japan.
Total length (shoulder to hem): 35 inches (88 cm).
Back width : 23 inches (58 cm).
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