A Katzome Dyed Crepe Silk Kimono: Edo Komon Pattern and Three Family Crests

$95.00 USD

late nineteenth century
shoulder to hem x sleeve tip to sleeve tip: 57 1/2" x 48", 146 cm x 122 cm

This is a crepe silk kimono that is slightly padded with cotton wadding. It is katazome dyed in an overall, small-figured pattern that is referred to in Japan as Edo komon: the term Edo refers to the historical era when this type of small pattern was populirized.

There are three family crests on the back of the kimono: one on either sleeve and one in the top center. The family crest is in the form of a stylized paulownia flower.

The condition is remarkably good for its age as there is seemingly little--if any--fading or abrasion from wear.

The only condition issue is that on the inside lining there is a area where the lining has come undone and this is shown in an accompanying detail photo. Please note that the lining silk is a much truer red than what is shown here.

In good condition, this kimono has good age and is elegant, understated and shows a complex pattern rendered very well.