a little bit ago i was lucky enough to be just one of many (great) lovelies award winner(s). rachel and vicki, curators of lovely clusters, managed to pull together an amazing collection for the lovely prize box from which the winners each got to choose two prizes. well, once my turn came 'round i was lucky enough to get to choose...
a beautiful vintage kimono from maggie of ikimono. it came all the way from france and it's seriously gorgeous. to wear or to display - how can a girl choose.
it's vintage quality inspired me so, i inquired more. here's what maggie had to say...
I have several contacts in Japan, and this tiny "firework" chrysanthemum silk haori jacket was from my man in Kyoto. He told me it was likely that is dates mid-Showa which makes it sometime after World War II. I always think it is so sad that this painful period is used to demark the era relevant to kimono fashions, but there are several important changes which happened because of the war.
For example, just like everyone else involved, hemlines had to go up, because fabric to make fashions simply wasn't available. Similarly, vintage silk haori from before the war were much longer - sometimes reaching 42 inches in length, which is vastly longer than your little silk jacket.
As it does not have any family crests, it would have been worn over a visiting or townwear kimono, as opposed to a more formal occasion, such as a tea ceremony or a family festival such as a coming of age or marriage.
You can see that it is dyed, and note this is not the same as printed silk, which is practically never used in Japan. That means there is much hand preparation of the pattern before the dyeing process, and it is possible that your chrysanthemum pattern may have been prepared with a stencil. Imagine cutting the stiff paper in order to do this, even on a piece of silk that only measures 36 cms wide.
Of course, the chrysanthemum is the emblem of the Japanese Imperial family, and very much beloved of all Japanese across the generations. The fresh green "midori" shade would suggest that is vintage haori was designed to be worn over the Spring/Summer period. This fresh color would also be the choice of a younger, possibly unmarried woman.
i also chose a lovely vintage woven ashtray from pip + estella. my husband and i aren't smokers of any sort and thought it would be nice to be able to accommodate visitors and guests that enjoy it so. it's actually quite darling :)
images from ikimono, myself and pip + estella