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This kimono is a black houmongi (semi-formal visiting wear).
Black comes in handy, and a houmongi can be worn for various occasions; this kimono will definitely be your go-to dress for numerous events, such as a wedding ceremony, a new year’s greeting, a tea party and a home party.
The jet-black kimono so beautiful that it makes you want to stare is made of 100% silk. Only the best quality material is used. Black kimono goes well with accessories like a kanzashi (Japanese hair ornament) or an obi (kimono belt). You can enjoy the color contrast by matching a vivid-colored hana (flower) kanzashi, or look relaxed with a chic silver kanzashi. The range of your kimono fashion will be even wider when mixing this kimono with accessories.
Flowers of four seasons in Japan are depicted in the clouds on this kimono. It can be worn any time of the year regardless of the season, for all four seasons are expressed on it. In Japan, four seasons were the theme of life for a man/woman of taste traditionally. And this tradition was centered around different flowers which bloom each season. Seasonal flowers have been used as a theme for haiku (a traditional form of Japanese poetry consisting of 3 lines; the first and the last lines have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables) or waka (a traditional form of Japanese poetry in a 5-7-5-7-7- metre), and to this day they are cherished by many Japanese.
Sakura (cherry blossom)
Sakura is a spring flower. It is said that the God of rice resides in this flower, and it contains the wish for “crops to grow”.
The gorgeous beauty and the way its petals fall from a tree have always had a deep connection with the sense of beauty of Japanese people and various sakura patterns were created; they have been depicted on many kimonos traditionally. This is the special flower out of all seasonal flowers.
The sakura pattern also signifies “the beginning of things”, for it is the flower to let people know “the arrival of spring”.
Kikyo is a summer flower. It has been cherished by Japanese traditionally, and has been used as a theme for various songs, paintings, and patterns. Kimono is no exception; it is used as a design for an obi (kimono belt) as well as yukata (summer kimono). Kimono with a kikyo pattern has a modest beauty which captures the heart of Japanese.
It looks especially good on black kimono, and brings out the beauty of mature and reserved women.
Kaede is an autumn leaf. When maple leaves turn red it is called “momiji” in Japan, the famous autumnal event. It is also called as “kaede (frog hands)”, for it looks like a hand of a frog. “Kaeru (frog)” also signifies “kaeru (to turn)”, and “to turn” in Japanese means “kanreki (one’s sixtieth birthday)”. And for the above reason, kaede is a pattern to signify health and longevity. It’s also said that by using this pattern, you will be good at socializing and will succeed, for kaede keeps people entertained by changing its color from green to red and yellow by season.
Kiku is a winter flower. This is a traditional pattern used very frequently on Japanese kimono. It has been worshipped as “the fairy of the sun”, for it looks like the sun. This beautiful flower, which Japanese have always adored, is also said to have the power to protect from evil or to purify. It is a noble flower used as the symbol of the Imperial Family as well. This pattern is auspicious and is used to wish for health and longevity in both China and Japan. It has been used for Japanese kimono traditionally. You can say that kiku flowers depicted inside the clouds are the traditional pattern for kimono.
Matsu (pine tree)
Matsu is a winter tree. It is powerful enough to grow green leaves even in severe winter, and some of them can be more than 1,000 years old. For these reasons, it has been traditionally used as an extremely auspicious kimono pattern. Its noble yet powerful shape is beautiful, and characteristic leaves are also loved as a kimono pattern. Pine nuts have been cherished as the symbol of prosperity as well. You can feel the passion of the artisan from the deformed pine patterns depicted in between clouds.
Kumo tori monyo (cloud pattern)
Clouds keep moving and changing the form. For that, they have always been connected to the extraordinary power in Japan traditionally. It has been worshipped as the sign of good events, and has been used as an auspicious pattern on various kimonos as well. The pattern depicted on this kimono is called kumo tori. Clouds painted by an artisan with care to the smallest details are what make this beautiful and traditional kimono stand out from others. The contrast of deformed and colorful clouds and the chic black background makes it unique. This kimono cannot be created without this kumo tori monyo.
|Size||We can tailor this Kimono to fit your body figure after the order.|
|Material||pure silk 100%|
|Recommended season||All season|
|Recommended occasions||The theater, town wear, girls-only gathering/girls’ night out and such|