Fine Elegant Rare Antique Japanese Silk Kimono blk+gold

I am certain this kimono is at least 100 years old but may be much older. It is in pristine condition with no rips, tears or damage of any kind and is worthy of being in a museum. I hope the photos show the hand stitching. I do have many more photos. If anyone wants to request, I will gladly send them to your email.

This colorful and magnificently hand-painted kimono is hand-embroidered with gold threads and hand-sewn silk. It belonged to my mother. The kimono was hand-painted using the rice paste resist method of painting on silk. The process required each color be applied separately while others were painted out with rice paste. This technique required a great amount of skill and was labor intensive.

The kimono was originally owned by a woman of considerable wealth who lived in Kyoto. The family crest appears five times on the shoulders and back of the garment and was worn for very formal occasions. The Crest is of the Wood Sorrel plant, "Katabami", with design based on the trifoliate clover-like leaf rather than the flower. In early Japanese history the Wood Sorrell plant was used as a medicinal salve, and also to polish bronze mirrors. Images portrayed on this kimono include:

1. Pine trees, "Matsu" - Symbolizes long life

2. Carriage and carriage wheel "Genji-guruma" - An idealized image of elegant

3. Crysanthamum "Kiku" from early 13th century - This design had close association with the Imperial family. It was also known as a longevity plant, ascribed to nobility and purity

4. River "Kawa" - The yin of the yin-yang passive-active cosmology (the yang is represented by mountains)

5. Grape leaf buds "Budo" - Admired for its beauty

6. Plum "Ume" - Strength against the lingering winter temperatures

7. China Flower "Karabana" - One of the earliest textile patterns used in Japan and one of the most popular Japanese heraldic motifs.

8. Poeny "Botan" - Symbolizing nobility

9. Fence surrounding rice "Ine" fields. Rice is a principle ethnic food of Japan.

10. Cryptomeria "Sugi" - A symbol of endurance since the needles remain green all year (like the pine).

One building may represent a tea ceremony room and one of them has the traditional thatched roof.

This kimono has very little or no fading. (I cannot see any fading.) Colors include greens, oranges, purples, browns, golds, whites and black. Flecks of gold as well as gold covered silk thread are used throughout. The lining is red as shown in the photos. All areas of the kimono, including the inside, are decorated with unique designs.

This kimono has always been stored and protected from light and moisture. It is a one of a kind textile worthy of being in a museum collection.

The measurement from shoulder/neck to hem is approximately 67 inches. The width of the opened garment without sleeves is approx. 52 inches with an additional 4" lapel on each side in the front. (See photos) This is a rare opportunity to own a fantastic textile.

I will ship with delivery confirmation and insured. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send them.

Good luck bidding.

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