Vintage silk Irotomesode Kimono with stunning hand painting and embroidered sparrows

Vintage silk Irotomesode Kimono with stunning hand painting and embroidered sparrows

315.00

The irotomesode is a kimono with a solid colour background.   The unique feature of the irotomesode is that there are no patterns on the upper half of the body and the sleeves.    In the past, stripes or patterns could have been woven or dyed into the background to form a light pattern.   The design only sweeps  across the lower body and most of the time go all the way around the kimono, ofteninto the lining.  They are always made of silk. 

The irotomesode originally developed from furisode kimono.   After the marriage, the furisode kimono’s long sleeves were shortened to create a “tomesode”, which literally means “shortened sleeves”. (tome = to fasten / sode = sleeve).   This was due to the impracticality of long sleeves for married women while doing housework.

This beautiful hand painted Irotomesode Kimono has been created by a Master on quality silk. The kimono silk fabric is ‘figured’ with a woven pattern.   The sparrows are hand painted onto a speckled gold background, and have gold thread embroidered into each of their heads.  The cream panel folds to the inside front of the kimono. 

Product code:  1129

Size:  Length  1560mm

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