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"Shaded Seigaiha" Iromuji Kimono
iromuji tea ceremony kimono

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Our Price: $75.00
Material: Silk
Condition: Excellent Vintage

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Product Code: 0522WK3

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This style of kimono, called iromuji in Japanese, is typical of what would be worn by a practitioner of chado – traditional Japanese tea ceremony. More about iromuji below.

The patterning on this kimono and on its lower lining is called seigaiha - aka overlapping waves or coins - and is a strong motif in the Japanese aesthetic. The pattern is woven using a twisted thread technique that makes the arcs of the waves contrast to the rest of the wave.

The colors change from a light spring green to a soft purple with the shading seeming to move in the light. Lower lining has the same green shading over a smaller version of the seigaiha design. So well done.

65" long, 51" wrist-to-wrist, 43" around the waist.

Aside from being in tune with the season and the age/status of the wearer, iromuji kimono are usually single color, tone-on-tone jacquard weaves. There is sometimes a subtle variation in the dye work which adds to the understated elegance. There might be a single crest at the back of the neck, very small woven design, or 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.

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