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"Katagami Yuzen" Furisode Kimono
vintage furisode kimono

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Gold Stenciling
Our Price: $249.00
Material: Silk
Length (inches): 59" (37" Sleeve Length)
Width (inches): 51" Wrist to Wrist
Body (inches): 54" Waist/Hips
Condition: Excellent Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 1219WK7

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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 showcases the mastery of the artisans who created it. The design is complicated, requiring many finely cut stencils (katagami) to produce the array of colors and elements that fill each of the long thin bands that curve from hem to shoulder. Each element was brush-colored (the yuzen technique) after being stenciled onto the silk.

pale melon background color contrasts with the bright oranges, rich earth tones, and the occasional pop of blue or purple. Look closely to see small cranes stenciled in gold as well as flecked gold leaf embellishments.

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
Gold Leaf Technique

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