An authentic, Gion Geisha Kyoto quarters, Hikizuri/Susohiki Kimono furisode. The susohiki is usually worn by geisha or by stage performers of traditional Japanese dance. It is quite long, compared to regular kimono, because the skirt is supposed to trail along the floor. This authentic, pre-WWII, susohiki's textile is unique Japanese silk with embroidery work and golden glazing added. Unique and authentic Japanese auspicious design motifs in plain woven, with hand-painted, rice-paste resist outlining (yuzen). Lined with red silk in half of front panels, three-quarters of back panels and sleeve interior. Susohiki literally means "trail the skirt". This is also why geisha and maiko lift their kimono skirt when walking outside.
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, rare and unique kimono command a premium.
Condition: The item is in excellent condition for age. Sold "as found". Some foxing inherent with silk and age is visible, along with slight discoloration. Dates from approx. 1935-1940. Provenance: Kyoto area, Japan.
Measurements: Total length (shoulder to hem): 65 inches (167 cm). Back width : 24.5 inches (62 cm).
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