Saturday, May 7, 2011

Taisho Kimono Asobi: Chu-Furisode Set

Guess what arrived at my post yesterday?'s package from Ichiro-san and Yuka-san, owner of Ichiroya~kimono flea market. Sooo happy (≧▽≦) I ordered a chu-furisode (mid sleeve length furisode) from around Taisho era (1912-1925) & I just have to say, I'm so in love in Japanese culture ~~~> Kimono and everything ♥
Actually, I love asian culture, xspecially Japan <3. I love chinese cheong sam, & I do love korean culture too, though now I'm sorta bored with hanbok cuz I have to deal with the customer and hanbok almost everyday(´Д`;)ヾ

My order list: furisode ( USD $180.00), a stretch tabi socks (USD $12.00), and a pink silk obijime (USD $12.00) 
Well yeah. This gonna be a pic-spam post, bear with it ^^. here's the picture of it, unless otherwise stated, all the photos are mine =)
photo by Ichiroya
Pic by: Ichiroya
pic by ichiroya

Kimono description:
This is a chu-furisode(middle sleeve length furisode) from around Taisho period(1912-1925). This piece has very unique design - bold stripe is dyed with shibori technique, and chayatsuji pattern is dyed with yuzen technique. In the leaf front and shoulder, fine embroidery is added.
Textile is rinzu, silk with damask effect, and has soft touch.
It has some stains and discoloration. Discoloration is brownish, and comparatively prominent, but it is not so disturbing because its color. As a whole it is in very good condition and beautiful piece! 

(taken from: ichiroya)
Let's go with another pic-spam (σ・∀・)σ
Opening time ^^

I bought the obi on 2010
If you are wondering why on earth did I buy a furisode from Taisho period, (which is so oldish and not as beautiful and stunning like new kimono), the answer is because I treasured it as an antique and artistic being.
It's not something that we'd say 'cute', But I think she is beautiful and pretty on her own way. And I do respect her 100 years adventure on earth =p
And this is a free fabric sample from Ichiroya, it's help me so much to classifying my kimono collection:

silk marugumi obijime
silk marugumi obijime
Above is a pink marugumi obijime, a round braided cord made from silk. It's big! I think this one is the biggest obijime cord I've ever seen. and below is my second pair of stretch tabi (Japanese socks). My size is 24.5 (Japan) and 250 (korean)
sutorecchi tabi - stretch tabi

Wohooo...other accessories I'd like to wear with this pretty furisode is a peach chirimen obiage mixed with burnt sienna nagoya obi. I'll tie it to longer version of bunko style on the back, which is so beautiful
Let's go for kimono details~ more pics to come.
furi part-shibori
Furi (sleeve) length is 83 cm, so that's why my furisode is classificated as a chu-furisode. Typical furi length for normal furisode would be around 95 or 115cm. On picture above, it's a fabric dyed with shibori technique. The only thing that bothered me that, she has a small hole on the furi part (above the opening of MIYATSUGUCHI). The hole is near to the seamline which makes me worried a lot. I want to wear her, but would I end up ruining the furi (sleeve) part?

What's so unique about her? 
she's made of rinzu silk, it resembling brocade in complexity of pattern, require great skill and expertise and are, in consequence, among the most expensive Japanese silks.
she's embroidered beautifully with soft silk thread as you can see on pics below.
she has a wonderful wonderful and WONDERFUL chayatsuji ( Tea and town) pattern done in YUZEN technique. believe me, it's not printed, it's really a manual painting over the fabric! and it last over 100 years >.< what a masterpiece.
zoom! Japanese RINZU silk

yuzen technique on rinzu silk

furisode embroidery: sakura flower

Here's the gorgeous and beautiful yuzen technique that I value a lot. It's like a piece of art from past that vindicate a culture heritage.

beautiful yuzen technique:sakura pattern
chayatsuji pattern

Furi-embroidered (partly) and yuzen painted

furi/sleeve details

mix of yuzen painting and handmade embroidery

chayatsuji pattern

Well, I'm in LOVE with this antiqeu furisode! I'll take a good care of her =) and oh, I'll be wearing her on May, 21. aweee...I can't wait~ wait up for upcoming pic of me wearing her =). As for now,  

tell me your first impression about this furisode kimono (=´∇`=)

I'd like to read your honest comment~

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