Vintage brocade Japanese ceremonial kimono a vintage mid-century red color collectible Japanese ceremonial kimono.
One of a kind handcrafted, fabulous museum quality ceremonial piece in pure silk with intricately detailed hand-embroidery throughout. Accented with floral and with flying cranes in gold lame threads work that depicts, flowers and leaves designs in green, red, and gold, all of the traditional symbols of prosperity and auspiciousness.
It is supposed to trail along the floor, this is also why it is heavily padded along the red hem.
The fabric is figured satin silk, known as Rinzu. This has then been dyed with stencils (the brown hatched areas), a technique called Surihitta, and then embroidered in silk and gold-wrapped threads. The motifs on the garment are very auspicious ones. The pine tree, bamboo, and plum blossom are known collectively known as shōchikubai. The evergreen pine was a symbol of longevity, the bamboo of resilience, and the prunus, the earliest flowering tree, of rejuvenation. Also featured are cranes, one of the most popular motifs in Japanese art. They were believed to live for a thousand years and inhabit Mount Horai, the land of the immortals. The patterning of the garment, the combination of imagery, and the rich decoration suggest it was worn by the daughter of a wealthy merchant on her wedding day. Fully lined with red fabric. circa 1950.
Condition: Wonderful condition - never worn - kept out of direct sunlight
Neck-to-sleeve's cuff's hem measures 22 1/4",
Collar width is 4 3/4",
Collar length is 72",
Sleeve's length is 41",
Cuff's opening circumference is 17",
Sleeve width is 13"5,
Hem measures 51",
The underarm circumference is 54",
Underarm-to-hem is 65 1/2".
Red Brocade with Flying Cranes Japanese Ceremonial Kimono