Venditore: angelline-kimono (2.950) 100%, Luogo in cui si trova l'oggetto: Edgware, Middlesex, Spedizione verso: Europe, US, JP, CA, AU, Numero oggetto: 351910646744 Condition: The kimono is in overall great shape. It is in excellent vintage condition. This means it is in overall great shape with no conspicuous faults but does not look like new. There are a couple of small grubby marks on the lower corners of each sleeve. Please see photo and description for details., Style: Kimono, Gender: Women's, Size: One Size Regular, Main Colour: Pale Blue , Material: Faux Silk, Region: Japan, Brand: Hand Made in Japan - No Brand Shown, Country/Region of Manufacture: Japan, Payment from Overseas: Paypal only please, Dettagli: BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE, JAPANESE HOUMONGI KIMONO in PRETTY GRADUATED PALE BLUE BACKGROUND, FAUX (ARTIFICIAL) SILK with WOVEN CHEVRON TYPE GRID, TEXTURE, with TRADITIONAL COLOURFUL TREE PEONY FLOWERS & LEAVES with some GOLD EMBROIDERY & GOLD PAINT DETAILING This is a lovely authentic 'special occasion' kimono. So this is a chance to get a genuine beautiful, handmade, vintage Japanese kimono at a great price. This kimono is a hand-stitched, lined kimono. It is very pretty!This houmongi kimono is a superb, kimono made from semi-lustrous, medium-weight, faux silk (artificial silk). It is imitating a type of figured silk called Rinzu. The base fabric is a gorgeous pale blue which graduated to a darker blue at the hem and lower sleeve.The base fabric has a beautiful all over, woven pattern of a chevron type grid design. I don't think this shows up well on the photos but it adds richness the the effect of the design, I hope you can see this underlying pattern on the close up photos. On this background is printed a gorgeous and colourful pattern depicting traditional, Japanese tree peony flowers. This flower called botan in Japan is also known as the 'king of flowers' in Japan, it symbolizes wealth, good fortune, bravery, daring and honor. The flowers are coloured in a deep pink-purple, peach-red and deep sea blue.The largest flower on the front skirt has some bright gold thread embroidery. Most of the flowers are outlined in fine, shiny, gold paint outlines. The leaves and stems are a deep sea blue. The whole design gives a lovely effect.The design flows across the seams in the front skirt. This means it is a higher quality item than those where the pattern is more random or repetitive.The pattern is biased towards the front left shoulder and right back shoulder/sleeve and hem which denotes this as a houmongi kimono. The lining is white, glossy, artificial silk in the body of the kimono and white, artificial crepe silk with a pale blue border in the skirt and cuffs..Faux silk kimono have become very popular in Japan because they are easier to clean than silk kimono. They should be dry cleaned.Please note this item does not come with a belt - although any sash or ribbon can be used to tie it. Authentic Japanese kimonos do not have belts but instead are worn with an obi. Real Japanese kimonos are long and are designed to be pulled up at the waist to get the correct length. This kimono could be worn or displayed.AGE & CONDITION: This kimono seems to be from the late Showa period (1926-1989) possibly 1970s or early 1980s. It is in excellent vintage condition. This means it is in overall great shape with no conspicuous faults but does not look like new. There is a little grubbiness to the lower corners of each sleeve. It is a vintage item with a little age so please do not expect it to look like new. SIZE: It is a typical size for a kimono of its kind.. Sleeve cuff to sleeve cuff width is 125cm/49”, overall length is 158cm/62”, the width across the back (side seam to side seam) is 60.5cm/23.75”. The weight is 850g which is reflected in the postage cost. HOUMONGI KIMONO - literally translates as visit (homon) wear (gi) and can be worn by both unmarried and married women. They are ranked second in formality behind the tomesode for married women and the furisode for unmarried women. Houmoungi were traditionally made from bolts of silk that were temporarily stitched to the finished length, hand painted, and then taken apart to be dyed before being re-sewn. This complex process made these kimono highly valued. Houmongi are the most formal of this kind of kimono as they have more spread of pattern than other slightly less formal types of kimono such as the tsukesage. They are worn to such occasions as parties, tea gatherings, galas, exhibitions, more formal celebrations like weddings, and for visiting people. WHY CAN SOME WOMEN'S KIMONO BE SO LONG? they are traditionally shortened by hitching up at the waist and hiding the excess fabric behind the wide obi belt that would traditionally be worn with it. If you need any more information or pictures just send me a message. All information is to the best of my knowledge. Please bear in mind, that colours do not always show absolutely accurately on photos and on monitors although they should be close to reality. My items are mostly vintage and are not returnable unless grossly mis-described, so please check the details and measurements before bidding/buying. 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