If you have always wanted an authentic, truly vintage, ceremonial, Japanese, kimono - here is your chance! This is a real'collector's piece' and my personal favourite type of kimono This lovely kimono is made of fine, top quality, light-weight black chirimen kinsha crepe silk. This is a fine, light and soft silk used for high-end items. It is characterised by a very fine crinkle texture made by the twisting of threads in the weaving technique.
This kimono would have originally been a bridal wedding dress in fact. I understand that this type of kimono was used as a wedding dress in this period. This kimono would have had longer a sleeve drop for the wedding (as longer sleeves are the appropriate attire for unmarried women's kimono).
After the wedding the sleeves are shortened to be more appropriate for a married woman and then the kimono can be used at other celebrations. The sleeve are now the shorter length. I believe the the excess material is still palpable inside the sleeve.
The kimono is also slightly padded along the lower hem which again is characteristic of a wedding kimono. The design is absolutely typical of its period.
In the 1920s, Tomesode kimono had mirror image (ryo-zuma) designs with the same or almost identical design on both sides of the front skirt. In later years the pattern drifted the left skirt.
This is a super example of this type of design. I love the fact that there is a full, intricate mirror-image design, painstakingly painted inside the front of the kimono too, even though it will not be seen on wearing. The design is crafted, I think by yuzen dye technique. This is a labour-intensive process where the intricate, fine outlines are drawn by hand with a dye resist substance and later the colours are hand-painted within the outlines.The design on this kimono is typical. The pattern is detailed and the colours are still vibrant.
It shows a complex design of overlapping motifs. At the top there are cloud-pruned fir trees branches (representing long life) These are highlighted with fine gold paint which is still largely intact which is rare in an item of this age. Below are a pair of flying cranes (tsuru). These are a symbol representing joy, fidelity and long life. The cranes on the front skirt are embroidered in gold couching embroidery and then there is also some colourful satin stitch embroidery to the heads and some silver on the wing.
Again they are outlined in fine gold paint. At the base of the design are more pine branches with water waves behind and oriental bridges in red. Many of these symbols are celebratory and hold good wishes for the future.So again very suitable for a wedding. There are the typical 5 mon (small white family crests from the Samurai tradition). The mon are typical and are called'wood sorrel and swords, encircled. The lining of the tomesode is fine, ivory silk in the main body and sleeves. Red lining was the norm in the 1920s, so this lining may be a slightly later replacement from the 1940s onwards. Please note: This item does not come with a belt. Kimono are normally worn with a special obi belt which would be bought separately. You could of course use any sash or ribbon to tie it. It is in excellent/very good condition for its age. This means it is in overall great shape but not quite perfect. On the plus side the patterning is still vibrant, has the embroidery and gold paint intact and is clean. However the black silk has some slight fading overall. There is some blotchiness in the black at the back collar. The lining silk is probably slightly yellowed overall but not conspicuously so.
There is one small spot in the lining of the lapel. It was slightly musty but this has aired out. This garment is nearly 100 years old and whilst it is in excellent to very good overall condition for its age, please do not expect it be look like new.
The condition is reflected in the price. SIZE: It is slightly smaller and shorter than contemporary kimono which is typical for the era. Sleeve edge to sleeve edge width is 125cm/49, overall length is 149cm/58.5 and the width across the back (side seam to side seam) is 57cm/22.5. The quality of this kimono is reflected in the light weight of 740kg. The weight is reflected in the postal cost.
Tomesode are the most formal kimono worn by married w. Omen, they would only be used on such occasions as attending the wedding of a close relative or an official occasion. The kimono being offered here is the most formal type of all, as it is black background with 5 families crests and a design only on the bottom of the kimono.
Tomesode make excellent wall displays bringing an authentic part of traditional Japanese culture into your home and they can also be successfully worn as evening wear. WHY CAN SOME WOMEN'S KIMONO BE SO LONG?
Contemporary or formal kimono are often very long indeed. This is because they are traditionally shortened by hitching up at the waist and hiding the excess fabric behind the wide obi belt that would traditionally be worn with it. All information is to the best of my knowledge. Please be aware that vintage clothing does not usually'look like new' even when it is in excellent condition. Some slight general signs of ageing and use should be expected.
If these are conspicuous they will be mentioned in the description. If you need any more information or pictures just send me a message. Please bear in mind, that colours do not always show absolutely accurately on photos and on monitors although they should be close to reality. Sorry about this but it is based on previous experience of problems.
So I have had to pass this new cost on via the postal cost. Item will be sent when funds have cleared. This is not tracked, if you want a tracked service then please ask for a quote or choose signed for service. Sorry about that, but that is new post office pricing. Sometimes it is actually cheaper to send two or three small parcels than one large one.
This is based on the post office pricing structure and is not in my control. The item "1920s RARE JAPANESE VINTAGE SILK HAND PAINTED TOMESODE KIMONO Cranes Pine" is in sale since Friday, January 19, 2018. This item is in the category "Clothes, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage Clothing & Accessories\Women's Vintage Clothing\Other Women's Vintage Clothing". The seller is "angelline-kimono" and is located in Edgware, Middlesex.
This item can be shipped to all countries in Europe, United States, Japan, Canada, Australia.