- An exceptional, silk, man’s naga-juban kimono, with sumie (ink and wash style) artwork on the back. To find such a kimono in the excellent condition this one is in is very difficult
- With traditional, raw ended, dark han-eri (removable collar, usually loosely stitched on and regularly replaced)
- Made and bought in Japan
- A naga-juban kimono. The name is sometimes shortened to juban. Intended to be worn under an outerwear kimono or at home as a robe. Men’s kimonos are mostly very subdued in colour and pattern, so they tend to have wonderful patterns on their juban kimonos and on some haori jacket linings; this is known as ‘hidden beauty’ and considered iki (understated elegance). Juban kimonos are sometimes called a naga jubans, they are the same thing
- An awashe, (lined) juban kimono. Fully lined in silk too
Sleeve end to sleeve end 134cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam (yuki) 68cm
Weight 0.8 kilo
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.
Astounding Sumie Naga-Juban Kimono
Naga-juban kimono are underwear kimonos, often with fabulous textile art on them. They also make lovely house/bath robes.
Japanese clothing is usually of adjustable fit, being mostly wrap-over or tie-to-fit items, so most garments fit a range of sizes. The are held closed with an oi sash, always bought separately, 9cm deep sahses hold them well.
I can't really advise anyone on the fit. Please judge fit from the measurements given. Check length given for the garment, then measure from base of back of your neck down to judge that length on you.
Also 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.
Storage: Hang up your garment for a few hours prior to wearing, to remove fold creases. They should also be hung out to air 4 times per year, if not worn frequently. Hang your garment to air for a day or so immediately after purchase too, as it will have been stored for a while. Some of my garments have white stitching (shitsuke) round the outside edges to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment.
Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing kimonos. All cleaning is done entirely at your own risk, as is standard with all vintage garments and items. I would advise only dry cleaning but select your dry cleaner carefully and take their advice before deciding.
Colour: Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only.