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This is recrafted from a stunning Furisode kimono, the formal kimono worn by unmarried women: it has longer sleeves than most kimono. We have actually had it for five years, admiring the patterns before we finally recrafted it! It was actually a half made kimono, with not all the seams completely sewn, so was never worn (you can see in the picture below).
The kimono is decorated with Tsuru and Seigaiha.
Tsuru, the crane, frequently appears on wedding kimono as it represents hope, longevity and good fortune, because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. It also represents fidelity, as Japanese cranes are known to mate for life. Seigaiha patterns cover this kimono: these ‘wave’ or ‘scale’ patterns can be seen on all forms of Japanese design. it was originally used on maps to depict the sea, and was made popular by the artist Seikai Kanshichi.
The pattern is printed on a rinzu silk kimono: a kind of damask silk which has Shippou patterns, woven into it’s surface, for extra lustre and texture. Shippou is the never ending pattern of interconnected rectangles and polygons, known as gemstones. Some elements are highlighted in gold, and some of the Tsuru are embroidered with gold and silver thread.
This vintage kimono was sourced from the Osaka area of Japan. It is approximately 20-30 years old.
Handmade by self help groups in Cambodia.
Dimensions: 28cm wide x 20cm high closed, 35cm high when open.