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"Kai-awase" Furisode Kimono
vintage furisode kimono


 
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Our Price: $249.00
Sale Price: $199.00
Material: Silk
Length: 61" (40" Sleeve Length)
Width: 52" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 54" Waist/Hips
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
Shipping: Orders received before 11am EST ship same day via USPS. Otherwise, next business day.
Product Code: 1219WK15


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This listing is for a traditional vintage furisode kimono originally created for a young, unmarried woman. Furisode are worn for formal events, such as Seijin-no-hi (Coming of Age Day, sometimes translated as Adults Day) in early January. Furisode are also worn for weddings, recitals, receptions, and other celebrations calling for formal attire. Note the long sleeves (furi = long, sode = sleeves) sometimes called "butterfly sleeves", which flow with grace when she gestures, attracting male attention!

This furisode is a fascinating combination of color and design. The large black angular lozenge shapes pop out against the cream silk background, but look closely to see the gold florals stenciled on top of the black.

At the front panel is a kai-awase box with its telltale hexagon shape, elaborately detailed but nestled in a floral bouquet. (Kai-awase is a traditional Japanese matching game using painted clam shells.)

Gold couching and gold leaf accents on the petal edges as well as the game box. Granted, there are a few slight blemishes - common in a light-background vintage kimono (see photos) - but still a
stunning piece for display or wear.

The video below shows some beautiful examples of how these are worn traditionally and how the design is created.

Wearing Furisode Kimono
Making Kimono
Couching Embroidery

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