- A rare, shunga (Japanese erotic art) lined, blue silk haori. These are very hard to come by. I have only managed to get very few over all my years of collecting
- Shunga is a Japanese term for erotic art. Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e, usually executed in woodblock print format. While rare, there are extant erotic painted handscrolls which predate the Ukiyo-e movement. Translated literally, the Japanese word shunga means picture of spring; "spring" is a common euphemism for sex.The ukiyo-e movement as a whole sought to express an idealisation of contemporary urban life. Following the aesthetics of everyday life, Edo period shunga sought to express the sexual mores of the chonin in the widest variety of forms possible, and therefore depicted heterosexual and homosexual, old and young alike, as well as a wide range of fetishes. In the Edo period it was enjoyed by rich and poor, men and women, and despite being out of favour with the shogunate, carried very little stigma. Almost all ukiyo-e artists made shunga at some point in their careers, and it did not detract from their prestige as artists.
- This looks very stylish worn with a long sleeved sweater or tee shirt under it, the ends of the sleeves showing at the wrists
- 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
- Awashe (fully lined)
Excellent – An inconspicuous hint of a mark on one shoulder and a mark inside on the inner edge – see photos
Sleeve end to sleeve end 141cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam (yuki) 62cm
Weight 0.7 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.
Erotic Art - Shunga - Haori
- 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. Men’s 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 men’s 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