Up for sale is a beautiful vintage Chirimen (crepe silk) Japanese Kuro Tomesode Kimono from the 1950's. A Kuro Tomesode is a formal kimono worn by married women related to the bride or groom at a wedding. The body color is always black and has 5 Kamon family crests on it, two on the front and three on the back. Five Kamons make it the most formal and can be worn not
only to a family member's wedding ceremony, but also to any formal happy occasion or party.
This Tomesode was made somewhere in the 1950s' out of a beautiful black dyed Chirimen crepe silk with both crepe and smooth white silk making up the interior lining. Chirimen crepe fabric is one of Japan's traditional fabrics widely used in making kimonos due to the way it beautifully drapes and resists creasing. The only thing it didn't come with is an obi sash to wrap around it keep it closed. Any kind of sash can be used, but to complete the original look you should be able to find something matching or close to matching on-line.
The hand-painted embroidered design at the bottom is a beautiful mountain landscape in the background with 2 houses by a tree-lined flowing river in the foreground. The larger of the 2 houses is at the base of the mountain and the roof is lined in gold wrapped thread. This technique is called "shusu" or "couching" and is achieved by applying gold threads made of foil to a thin membrane or paper strips which are then wrapped around silk threads. These metallic threads cannot be stitched through the silk fabrics, so they are traditionally "couched" or laid on the fabric surface and stitched down with fine silk threads. It's quite a beautiful effect!
I found this beauty at a Japanese Matsuri Festival back in 1997 and had to have it. It's only been worn several times since I purchased it back then...once when I brought it home, once before packing it up for a long distance move and today to photograph it. It stayed in a closet covered in plastic from 1997-2005 and then was packed in vacuum-seal bag from 2005 to 2017.
**Length (back, collar top to hem): 65.5 inches
**Width (sleeve to sleeve): 52 inches
**Shoulder (seam to seam): 26.5 inches
**Sleeve Width (seam to seam): 18.5 inches
**Sleeve Length (shoulder seam to cuff/opening): 13.5 inches
**No visible rips, stains or tears on black crepe outer portion or on white crepe/smooth silk lining; some of the basting threads attaching the white silk lining need some shoring up, otherwise it's very clean!
**Worn total of 3-times since it's purchase in 1997
**Stored in closet covered in plastic 1997-2005, packed in vacuum-seal bag from 2005 to 2017
Domestic shipping (U.S.A.) will be by USPS Priority Mail. If you are an International buyer, please see list of countries I ship to (please let me know if your country is not on my list!) Shipping cost for this item will be calculated based on it's final destination, either Domestic or International. Return Policy: 14 days money back, buyer pays return shipping.