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This is a Furisode kimono: the formal kimono worn by unmarried women. It has longer sleeves than the kimono worn by married women.
A collection of popular Japanese design motifs adorn this fabric, including 'ume' blossom, 'kiku', ‘Kiri’ and 'botan' flowers, and ‘momiji’. Kiku, the chrysanthemum, is the flower of the Imperial House and and often used icon of Japan itself (it features on Japanese passports). Botan, peonies, are known as the King of Flowers in Japan where they represent longevity and steadfastness. Kiri, the Paulownia plant, often also called the Princess Tree. It was traditional to plant a tree when a baby girl was born, and to make a dresser from the tree for her wedding gift.
Ume, the Plum Blossom is a very popular symbol on fabrics. It is a favourite within the range of Japanese designs: it’s beauty and fragrance has been reflected in many poems. It is the first of the year to bloom, and therefore represents endurance.
Momiji, maple leaves symbolise autumn. Japanese traditionally admire and revere autumnal leaves just as they celebrate blossom in the spring.
The motifs sit within ‘mon’ circles: these sometimes signify family crests. The wavy lines are ‘Tatewaku’ which represents steam rising from the ground in the first heat of springtime and is a lucky symbol.
The fabric is a silk, with 'sayagata’ pattern woven in, for added texture. Sayagata, the pattern of repeating swastikas, is a Buddhist symbol of strength, good fortune, and the concept of eternity. The geometric balance and repetition of the sayagata pattern signifies the inseparability of the one and the many, continuity and multiplicity.
Some elements are highlighted in gold, and some are embroidered.
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.