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Katabami Mon Haori Katabami Mon Haori
Item code: mh57

Price: £94.00

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Description:
  • A black, silk, montsuki haori, with 5 katabami (wood sorrel) mon (crests). This is a summer haori, being hitoe (unlined) to keep the wearer cooler

  • May have shitsuke stitching around the edge; shitsuke is loose, temporary stitching that the Japanese put in to keep edges neat during storage, it just gets pulled out before wearing

  • More photos below

Type:
  • Montsuki haori. Monsuki garments are formal, with mon (crests); they have one, three or five mon, the more mon it has, the more formal an occasion it may be worn at

  • Hitoe (unlined)

  • Silk

Condition:
Excellent

Measurements:
Sleeve end to sleeve end 129cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam (yuki) 60cm
Length 99cm
Weight 0.6 kilo

Sizing:
Japanese clothing is usually of adjustable fit, being mostly wrap-over or tie-to-fit items, so most garments fit a range of sizes. Because of this (and only really knowing my own size anyway) I can't really advise anyone on the fit. Please judge fit from the measurements given. Measure from centre back of neck, along shoulder and down the arm to the wrist, then double that and compare it with the sleeve end measurement to judge sleeve length.

General haori information below photos

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General haori information
  • Haori: Haori are designed to be worn on top of kimonos but also look great with western world style clothing, with jeans etc.

  • Length: Haori are long jackets, most are from upper thigh to just below mid thigh length. Check length above, then measure from base of back of your neck down to judge length on you

  • Fastening: Haori do not overlap at the front and are not worn with an obi/sash. Haori can be worn without fastening but, if you want a fastener, they have little loops at the inner edge of the fronts, onto which a himo (front ties) are attached. Himo are usually bought separately. Menís himo should not be untied to open the haori, they hook onto loops on the inner edge and you unhook one side to open it. White himos are the most formal ones and the larger it is, the more formal an occasion it can be worn at. Himos attatch to menís haori with little hooks. The hooks are usually bought separately from the himo but many himos come with them. The hooks are hard to find but they can be made using a hairgrip and round nosed pliars to cut a piece of the hairgrip to the correct length then bend it into the S hook shape

  • Storage: You should hang your garment to air when you receive it and do this at least three times a year if it is not frequently used.
    The Japanese take great pains to store their traditional garments with the utmost care, which is why they stay in such exceptional condition. Some of my Japanese garments have large, white stitching (shitsuke) round the edges. The Japanese put these stitches in to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment. Hang up your kimono or haori for a few hours prior to wearing to remove fold creases. Cedarwood or lavender essential oil keeps moths away, don't get it on the fabric, apply near it, on the box, wrapper, drawer etc or on a tissue.

  • Uses: Haoris can, of course, be worn but they also make a wonderful display item. Many of them have lovely linings and they usually have hidden seams on the inside, so can be worn or displayed inside out too and they take less room to display than a kimono does

  • Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing traditional Japanese garments. I would advise only dry cleaning for silk ones and for most synthetic ones. Some synthetic or cotton kimonos can be gently hand washed but the dyes can run even in some of those, so consider that before washing. Do not machine wash, it can rip off the sleeves

  • Colour: Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only

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Additional Information
One must bear in mind that most are vintage items, which I strive to describe accurately and honestly. A very few smell of mothballs or a touch of vintage mustiness, most do not. This can be aired out and this can be speeded up by tumble drying the dry garment at warm. I usually mention it in the listing if one does but one must bear it in mind as a possibility when buying vintage and antique items.
Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently, so colour in photos is purely a guideline, as I can't foresee how your monitor will display it. While I try to describe colour sometimes, a description often conjours up one colour to one person but may suggest a different colour to another, so, again, colour description is just a guide to colour.
I therefore don't accept returns or exchanges due to colour, taste, mothball/vintage smell or fit (which can be judged by measurements given)

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A haori kimono jacket is an exquisite, easy to wear, traditional Japanese jacket that looks wonderful worn either casually with jeans or dressed up with evening wear. It's a long Japanese jacket, with deep, kimono style, swinging sleeves; always in lovely fabrics, often with lavish designs on the back. Men's haori have the sleeves attached most of the way down the body, like their kimonos do, and tend to be plainer on the outside than women's ones but men's often have exquisite designs on the lining. Haori kimono jackets, unlike kimonos, do not need a sash or obi; they are either worn open or loosely fastened at centre front with a himo tie but, although the Japanese don't wear them with a sash, they also look fabulous cinched in at the waist with a belt. Haori kimono jackets mix perfectly with western world style clothing, so are a great way of adding that touch of Japan to your wardrobe.

Haoris seem to be a well kept Japanese secret. We, over here in the West, all know about their lovely kimonos but few have ever even heard of haoris and it was long after I started my kimono collecting that I discovered these jackets that the Japanese sometimes wear on top of their kimonos.

I was focused only on kimonos, but eventually I bought a haori, just to see what it was like. From then on I was hooked. I love that I can now publicly wear something so clearly Japanese, very striking and so different from what I see other people wearing. I think of them as one of Japan's secret treasures.

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