This is a real'collector's piece' and my personal favourite type of kimono. This gorgeous kimono is made of fine, top quality, lightweight, 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.
The design is absolutely typical of its period which is late 1920s to 1930s. 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. By the 1930s the pattern was quite biased towards the left skirt with a much larger design on the left than the right. This one probably dates from the late 1920s or early 1930s as the design is not symmetrical and is just beginning to bias towards the left skirt.This is a super example of this type of design because of the size, colour and complexity of the design. I love the fact that there is quite a lot of design, painstakingly painted inside the front of the kimono too, even though it will not be seen on wearing. The design is painted by hand in 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 lovely. The work is detailed and the colours are vibrant. It shows an intricate and complex design of overlapping motifs. There are many fan shapes each with a design. There are cloud shaped pine branches surrounding the fans which represents resilience and long life.
There are imperial carriages or goshoguruma which is an ancient and popular Japanese decorative motif. It harks back to the 7th century when such carts where for the exclusive use of the aristocracy during ceremonies. So it is a motif associated with wealth, position and exclusivity. One of the lower fans shows a wish-fulfilling mallet, a traditional Japanese treasure.There are many traditional flowers and plants within the fans and surrounding them. They include peony, chrysanthemum, plum blossom, bamboo and tachibana (a citrus). Below the carriages are crashing ocean waves. The whole design is extremely intricate and wonderful! The design still holds its vibrant colours today which is rare. There is some very fine gold paint detailing and outlines to the design which is all largely intact which is rare. There is some fine embroidery outlining and detailing some of the design. Many of these symbols are celebratory and hold good wishes for the future and this kimono will most probably have been worn to a wedding. There are the typical 5 mon (small white family crests from the Samurai tradition) and on this garment they are a lovely, small paulownia flower.
The lining of the tomesode is very fine, red silk in the main body and sleeves. It is in excellent for its age. The black colour is still deep. The vivid colouring is present and the gold outlines are intact. The embroidery is intact, The mon crests are clean.
These are all rare in such an item of this age. However it is not quite perfect. There are very small issued to consider. There is some very subtle and mild staining to the front left sleeve, There are some very small marks on the back centre skirt and the left back sleeve (please see last photo). There is some very subtle rubbing to some of the pattern which is very minor.
This garment is 90+ years old and whilst it is in excellent condition for its age, please do not expect it to look like new. SIZE: It is a typical size for its era, so shorter than contemporary kimono which are very long indeed. Sleeve edge to sleeve edge width is 130cm/51, overall length is 152cm/58 and the width across the back (side seam to side seam) is 61cm/24. The quality of this kimono is reflected in the light weight of 550kg.
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.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 Fans Carriage" is in sale since Sunday, September 24, 2017.
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.