Monday, December 29, 2014

Green Kikyou Hikizuri

For anyone who has been collecting kimono for sometime, you've likely had a "this-is-too-good-to-be-true" moment. That is exactly what happened with this hikizuri, and I didn't dare post about it until I had it in my hands. Not only am I in love with the color and design (kikyou!!!), but it's a generous 210cm long with a 145cm wingspan. I have a couple taller hikizuri, but this one is the best fitting by far. I'd venture to guess that this was a dance piece, for several reasons: 
1. It has double padded hem and padded sleeves. Since kikyou is a September motif, those kimono would typically be hitoe, sometimes ro/sha. 
2. It has been greatly lengthened. Not that this is never done to geiko hiki, but it is much rarer.
3. It has a faux red sleeves sewn into the actual sleeves.
4. The date-eri is sewn down, and the fabric matches the lining.

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