- A boy’s antique, lightly padded, silk kimono. Fabulous textile art of eboshi (picture books), depicting samurai, pines etc. This is in exquisite condition for its age, about 100 years old, with some stains on the ties. They could, if wished, be removed or replaced, as they are stitched on loosely by hand. I would expect this to be purchased as a fabulous and unique display item, though it could, of course, be worn. This is really one for the collector, a rare find in such condition.
- Made and bought in Japan
- The kimono is fastened with the attached front ties. You thread the tie on the inner front edge out through the armhole and round to the back, then take the one on the outer front edge round to the back and tie them. An obi/sash is usually worn on top, such as a soft heko obi, though, with the ties, not essential
- Japanese children traditionally wear them with big tucks loosely stitched into the outside of the shoulders and round the waist. The tucks, if still in the garments, are very loosely stitched and can be easily removed to enlarge the garments.
- Kimono Fronts: Kimonos are worn with left front on top of right, by both men and women. The Japanese use the phrase phrase, ‘left over rice’, to remember this
- 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
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Sleeve end to sleeve end 84cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam 35cm
Sleeve depth 56cm
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.