"Lavender Leaves" Woman's Iromuji Kimono
A lovely, vintage shade of lavender with red lining peeking out at the sleeves.
The design is a collage of large leaves with berries, woven to produce a slightly raised texture.
Three crests across the back, done with tiny stitches - this suggests this kimono was meant for a semi-formal event. But don't miss the small pieced repair (or perhaps it was original) of a remnant from an older black kimono - you'll find it on the inside of the over right collar piece, where it would never be seen by the public.
Some light blemishing or fading on the back - not as evident when worn, but the camera really picked them up. See photos
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.