• A gorgeous , orange kimono made from very good quality synthetic textile with a rinzu weave (rinzu is a satin weave, so has a sheen). It is fully lined too. The fabric has a woven pattern of sea waves in a lattice design, the print pattern is senmen among maple branches (senmen are the paper parts of folding fans), with glorious floral design on the senmen, including chrysanthemum, peony, maple leaves, plum blossom, pine branches, tachibana (a Japanese citrus fruit) and paulownia. Paulownia is said, in Japanese fable, to have the only branches that phoenix will land on.
  • Lovely when worn as a robe, dress or coat but also a very good size for display. Belt NOT included - for display purposes only.
  • This is a Shichi-Go-San kimono. The kimono is actually a girl's kimono but all Japanese girls and boys always wear their kimonos with very big tucks loosely tacked into the shoulders and a big fold-over at the waist, greatly narrowing the shoulders and shortening the kimono length, therefore, without those tucks and folds, many, like this one, are big enough for a slim adult to wear.
  • May have white shitsuke (basting stitches) around some edges, on the outside of the garment. These are simply to keep it neat during storage and just get pulled out before use
  • Made and bought in Japan.
  • May have white shitsuke (basting stitches) around some edges, on the outside of the garment. These are simply to keep it neat during storage and just get pulled out before use


Condition: 
Extremely good – Nearly perfect, it has an incredibly tiny mark the front and maybe the merest hint of a mark near the shoulder but they are so faint they are hard to find or see. See last two photos. I couldn't get it to show clearly in a photo, I'm pointing at it but it is so tiny and faint.

MEASUREMENTS: 

Length 132cm. 
Centre back to sleeve edge 49cm
Sleeve depth 73.5cm
Sleeve seam to Sleeve seam 49.5cm. (kimonos usually have the sleeve seam worn sightly down the arm, so I call it sleeve seam rather than shoulder seam). 
Being wrap-over, size is somewhat variable.


*MODEL'S SIZE* 
In the photos it is worn by a woman 5"1"/155cm tall (note she is wearing platform shoes which affect how length looks), bust 34" (34C UK bra size), waist 26.5", hips 36.5", she wears UK10 mostly, sometimes UK8 (for 8's narrower shoulders). On someone taller it would, of course, be shorter.

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. If shown modelled, the woman in the photos is 125 cm from wrist to wrist.

 


In the photos it is worn by a woman 5"1"/155cm tall (note she is wearing platform shoes which affect how length looks), bust 34" (34C UK bra size), waist 26.5", hips 36.5", she wears UK10 mostly, sometimes UK8 (for 8's narrower shoulders). On someone taller it would, of course, be shorter. My sister, a UK size 12-14 wears kimonos of this size, open as coats. This is a Shichi-Go-San kimono. 
The kimono is actually a girl's kimono but all Japanese girls and boys always wear their kimonos with very big tucks loosely tacked into the shoulders and waist, greatly narrowing the shoulders and shortening the kimonos, therefore, without those tucks, many, like this one, are big enough for a slim adult to wear.


Synthetic textile. Caution when cleaning, colour may run if washed.


Awashe (lined)

Elegance in Orange

SKU: wk1036
£44.00Price
  • 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. If shown modelled, the woman in the photos is 125 cm from wrist to wrist.

     

    Kimono Information:

    Fastening:

    • **If shown with a sash, the sash is not included; for display purposes only, to let you see it closed, however, all kimonos require an obi or some sort of sash to hold them closed;these are always bought separately. Think of it like a skirt and blouse, you can't wear either on its own, you buy them separately and mix and match

     

    Kimono Collars:

    • Note - Kimono collars are worn folded inwards, in half. Most need folded when put on, some have a press stud at the neck, some are stitched already folded down. The Japanese put an eri-shin (collar stiffener) in the fold

     

    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

     

    Length:

    • all kimonos are traditionally shortened by wearing them with a tie round the waist and a big section of kimono pulled over it and folded down, so the fold shows below the sash. If you don’t want to do that each time you put it on and it is too long without it, you can either stitch that fold permanently in place at the waist or you can just take up a hem . Taking up the hem on a kimono is very easy; you don’t have to cut it so there is no raw edge to fold in when sewing it. Just put it on and put on a sash to hold it closed and work out the length you want and pin the hem up with just a couple of pins at the front while you have it on, then take it off , lay it flat on the floor and pin the same amount up all the way along the hem. It can then be quickly stitched with fairly big stitches, which won’t show when the kimono is on. The stitches I did on my own hemmed kimonos are about an inch apart, so it doesn’t take long to do. I hand sew mine but you could machine sew it if you don’t mind stitches showing on the outside. Click hereto see how to adjust kimono length the traditional way (the page opens in a new window, leaving this page open).

    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.

     

    • 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 white stitching (shitsuke) round the outside 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

     

    • Cedarwood or lavender essential oil keeps moths away, but don't get it on the fabric, apply near it, on the box, wrapper, drawer etc. or on a tissue nearby.

     

    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 for silk ones and for most synthetic ones, cotton ones may be dry cleanable too but select your dry cleaner carefully and take their advice before deciding if you want to try dry cleaning it. Some synthetic textile or cotton kimonos can be gently hand washed but the dyes can run even in some of those, so consider that before washing but, if you decide to wash, only cool hand wash very gently, do not rub, just gently squeeze the water through it a few times, do not wring, Use a detergent made for colours, not one for whites, as they contain bleaching agents. Do not machine wash, it can rip off the sleeves, but if you hand wash you can briefly machine spin it to remove excess water before hanging it to dry but do it on its own, separately from other items. All forms of cleaning are done at own risk. In Japan many kimonos, especially silk ones and any ceremonial ones, are cleaned by specialists in kimono cleaning, often by a special method called airhari, where they take it completely apart, clean the pieces, then sew it back together again.

     

    Uses:

    • Kimonos and haoris can, of course, be worn but also make wonderful display items. If short of space for displaying one, consider a child’s kimono or a haori which are just as striking and beautiful as an adult kimono but require less space

     

    Colour:

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

     

    Additional Information

    • One must bear in mind that most are vintage items, which I strive to describe accurately and honestly. Most are in excellent vintage condition and therefore look virtually new but all are vintage, even the unused garments which are or deadstock. A very, very few smell of mothballs or a touch of vintage mustiness but that is rare. This can be aired out and can sometimes be speeded up by tumble drying the dry garment at cool, but it should be put in a pillowcase in the dryer and is done only at your own risk. I have also had success at removing it by turning garments inside out and spraying very lightly with Oust, then letting them hang for a couple of days, but you do this at your own risk, as I can’t guarantee it won’t damage some fabrics. I found Oust to be much better at it than Febreze, even though Febreze is intended for some fabrics and Oust is an air freshener. Some synthetic textile and cotton kimonos can be hand washed but do this entirely at your own risk and only use a detergent for colours, as all other detergents contain bleaching agents to brighten whites. I usually mention any mothball or musty smell, if one does have it, but one must bear it in mind it is a possibility, even if not stated in the description, whenever buying vintage and antique textiles.

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