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Rock Garden Japanese Tomesode Kimono - Wafuku 1
  • A beautiful, Japanese tomesode kimono with a sekitei (rock garden) seen through kumodori (a break in the clouds) scene around the bottom. Rock scenes, either as rock gardens or rocky countryside, are considered peaceful, contemplative scenes
  • The raised, gold and silver edging on parts of the design is called shusu: gold threads are made of foil applied to thin membrane or paper strips which are wrapped around silk threads. These metallic threads cannot be stitched through the silk fabrics, as they are quite thick, so they are traditionally "couched", which means laid on the fabric surface and stitched down with fine silk threads
  • It has most unusual, rare mon (crests) on the sleeves and centre back, they are Japanese red crowned crane. These birds denote loyalty, they mate for life and the pairs actually dance with each other daily. They are also a symbol of longevity
  • Awase (fully lined) kimono. There is quite a bit of foxing on the upper lining. Foxing is a patina that is often seen on vintage and antique silks, especially those stored in a hot and humid climate like the Japanese summer, it does not weaken the fabric, just produces brownish speckles.
  • A fairly heavy kimono, not far off 2 kilos of silk
  • Made in and bought from 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
  • Made in and bought from Japan
  • **If shown with a sash, the sash is not included; for display purposes only, to let you see it closed, however, all kimono 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

Excellent - lining has foxing, see details in description above.


Sleeve end to sleeve end 126cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam approx 62cm
Length 150cm




wk71 - 08/4

Rock Garden Tomesode Kimono

SKU: wk71
  • Kimono require a sash to hold them closed. This is always bought separately. Men usually wear a kaku obi with their kimono or, casually at home, a soft heko obi

    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. 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

    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

    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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