A TRULY IMPRESSIVE BEAUTIFUL, VINTAGE, TRADITIONAL, AUTHENTIC, JAPANESE, SILK KIMONO - WOMENS HAORI JACKET - FABULOUS NUITORI OMESHI and URUSHI WOVEN DESIGN - SPARKLING FANS AND RAYS OF SUN with HAZE DESIGN in METALLIC GOLD, SILVER & COLOURED THREADS - LOVELY SILK LINING, MID SHOWA PERIOD circa 1960s - Near Mint / Excellent Vintage Condition includes Silk Himo Tying Cords. THEY DON'T COME MUCH BETTER THAN THIS!!!!
THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE - PATTERNING AND THE CONDITION ARE SUPERB This is a really stunning, truly vintage, quality jacket. I found this jacket somewhat difficult to photograph. The threads are all gently sparkling and the flash bounces off them.
I don't think the photos do the jacket justice and I hope you can see how gorgeous it is. The base silk is a lustrous, soft, black kinsha silk. It has a lovely soft feel. Kinsha is an expensive silk similar to crepe with a very fine and subtlest texture of tiny crinkles. It is used for high end garments.
The base colour is a deep black. The pattern is pictorial and depicts a number of typical Japanese motifs. The first is a large fan with ribbons hanging down. This is a typical imperial or aristocratic fan of the Heian period, associated with wealth and high position in society.There is a large open fan on the front and back which is decorated with cloud-shaped pine branches and paulownia flowers. Pine symbolizes long life and resilience. On the sleeve there is a folded fan with chrysanthemum flowers and coniferous leaves. At the hem is a hexagonal box decorated with more pine branches and maple leaves. This is a kaioke box which traditionally holds highly decorated shells to be used in an ancient'pair matching' game. These kaioke boxes were often part of an aristocratic bride's trousseau and are associated with high society. Hexagons are symbolic of long life as they reflect the patterning found on tortoise shells. There is a swathe of gold and silver running diagonally across the back. I think this is showing an unrolled bolt of silk (a traditional Japanese treasure).
The border is silver with flowers in gold, The rest is sparkling gold. As this part of the pattern spreads across towards the right back sleeve it becomes like sun rays and hazy clouds.The pattern is mostly done in fine, woven gold sparkling metallic threads. There is also some silver , dark red, light red, olive greenish-brown and tawny brown parts. The coloured threads are called urushi which means lacquered.
This is because they are shiny as if they have been varnished. The pattern is done in a technique called nuitori omeshi which was most popular in the 1950s/60s. This method gives the look of embroidery but it is woven.The metallic threads catch the light and give sparkle to the pattern. The whole design is asymmetrical and crosses the central seam uninterrupted. This is called'eba' and is considered a higher class of pattern than an overall repeated design. There are three mon (family crest), one on each of the back sleeves and one in the centre back. Usually there is only one mon. The presence of 3 mon crests shows the high formality of this garment. It was made for a very special occasion.
The mon is a traditional crest from the samurai traditions and denotes formality in a garment. Each mon shows a beautiful small, wood sorrel leaf in white. The lining is lovely too, being plain white/ivory silk with a subtle pattern of large chrysanthemum flowers.
The haori is hand-made and hand-stitched in the traditional way. The original himo cords were missing which is common. I have added some new (with tags), well-matching, silk himo cords made from ivory silk intricately woven with some gold thread detailing.The garment is really stunning and gives a unique effect. It is a lovely item to touch and to wear and brings something of traditional Japanese culture into everyday use. This haori would make an excellent, unique and gorgeous evening jacket or a display item. AGE & CONDITION : This haori probably dates from around the 1960s, perhaps a little later. The haori's condition is vintage near mint. This means it is in overall great shape with no significant faults at all. On close examination, I found a couple of subtle yellowings in the lining which are not conspicuous and only mentioned for the sake of accuracy. This is a vintage garment of some age so please do not expect it to look exactly like new.
SIZE: This haori is a fairly average size, very slightly larger than average for this kind of kimono. It will fit a range of sizes, up to a maximum size of UK 14 (maximum US 12,) although it would be also be fine on someone smaller as it is supposed to be large and flowing. Cuff to cuff width is 130cm/51", overall length is 77cm/30.5", the width across the back (side seam to side seam) is 64cm/24.5.
The weight is reflected in the postal costs. Haori are short kimono jackets worn over full length kimonos. They are not designed to close in front but can have two tying cords called Himo that are knotted across the chest (included with this garment). The sleeves are worn shorter than other kimonos.Traditionally they were only worn by men but in the early 19th century, it became fashionable for women to wear them. They make excellent and unusual evening jackets or wall displays, the fabric is often used to make cushions or home décor items. This haoris could also be used for display.
If you need any more information or pictures just send me a message. All information is to the best of my knowledge. Please bear in mind, that colours do not always show absolutely accurately on photos and on monitors although they should be close to reality. 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. 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 "SUPREME EXAMPLE OF VINTAGE SILK JAPANESE HAORI KIMONO EVENING JACKET URUSHI Fans" is in sale since Sunday, February 18, 2018. This item is in the category "Clothes, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage Clothing & Accessories\Women's Vintage Clothing\Coats & Jackets".
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.