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"Shaded Shark" Furisode Kimono
vintage furisode kimono

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Signed by the Designer
Our Price: $249.00
Material: Silk
Length (inches): 64" (44" Sleeve Length)
Width (inches): 54" Wrist to Wrist
Body (inches): 54" Waist/Hips
Condition: Excellent Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
Shipping: Orders received before 11am EST ship same day via USPS. Otherwise, next business day.
Product Code: 1219WK2

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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 an elegant turn away from the more splashy furisode we usually see. The colors change from dark red at the shoulders to pink turning to a purple and then blue at the hem. Beneath the dye work is a tiny, tiny, tiny overlapping arch pattern known as "sharkskin" (sa-me in Japanese) - and it was made with a hand-cut katagami stencil.

We can confirm that this kimono was an expensive commission from a known designer because it is signed on the inside panel. Simply elegant.

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

Wearing Furisode Kimono
Katazome Stenciling

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