"Secret Message" Woman's Iromuji Kimono
A bright papaya-pink silk with a tiny overall jacquard with a slightly raised pattern of.....kanji characters. They're so small, and nearly the same color as the background, that it's hard to make them out.
We're hoping to decipher the meaning, but so far we think we see the character for "woman" and "whole or perfect".
See the video below on kimono sizing and measurements.
This style of kimono, called iromuji in Japanese, is typical of what would be worn by a practitioner of chado – traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Aside from being in tune with the season and the age/status of the wearer, “tea ceremony kimono” are usually single color, tone-on-tone jacquard weaves. They may have a single crest at the back of the neck or a very small design or a very subtle shading, and would be worn with an obi of muted colors or design. The importance of the single color and understated elegance is in keeping with the solemn celebration of the tea ceremony itself. The host/hostess wears a kimono that does not call attention to his or herself, so as to not detract from the ceremony.
See the video below to learn about Japanese tea ceremony.