I love the fact that there is a hand painted design, painstakingly painted inside the front of the kimono too, even though it will not be seen on wearing. The design is done 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 very beautiful. There are 2 main themes - flying cranes and ocean waves.Flying cranes are representative of joy, fidelity and long life. On this tomesode they are very large and artistically rendered. The second motif is ocean waves. This is a very popular motif in Japan which of course is an island and very much affected by the sea.
I believe they represent power and resilience. As you can see, the cranes are not only painted white but some are also a dark terracotta orange colour with some dark green. The same colours are reflected in the waves and there is quite a lot of black too. There is a lot of gold paint outlining throughout the whole design and this has not worn away with age which is rare.There is also a some gold couching embroidery to the crane and flowers on the front skirt and satin stitch embroidery to the crane's head on the front skirt. There are the typical 5 mon (small white family crests from the Samurai tradition) and on this garment they are a lovely, small, white ivy leaf. The lining is a very fine, glossy, red raw silk in the main body and in the sleeves. Again this is characteristic of the era.
This is a wonderful tomesode and can be worn or displayed. AGE & CONDITION: The item is in excellent vintage condition which means it has no major faults but it is not quite perfect as you would expect in an item of this age.The black is still deep and not faded. The gold couching and painted outlines are all in good condition with is rare in an item of this age. However, there are few minor marks on the front chest, a small dark stain on the back chest and a very little yellowing in the white of the pattern (see last photo).
It is very slightly musty but not badly so. This garment is 90 years old and whilst it is in fabulous condition for its age, please do not expect it too look exactly like new. SIZE: Sleeve to sleeve length is 127cm/50, overall length is 150cm/59 and the width across the back (side seam to side seam) is 59cm/23. The quality of this kimono is reflected in the weight of 700kg. The weight and value 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.
If you want a tracked service, then please ask for a quote or choose the signed for service at check out. Sometimes it is actually cheaper to send two or three small parcels than one large one.The item "1930s RARE JAPANESE VINTAGE SILK HAND PAINTED TOMESODE KIMONO Cranes Ocean Waves" is in sale since Monday, March 05, 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.