I've shown glimpses of this one before, but I never really cleared adequate space to photograph it until now. There's really no excuse. It's been two years, and I've photographed other kimono since, despite my camera's failings. But finally, I've done it today. I only wanted to unfold/refold so many right now, since the room is particularly clean, but I have virtually 0 energy. I took some photos of other items, but I'll wait to post those. Bonus: today was really sunny out, so there was actually some light in the apartment! Always a challenge in here, with so few windows, and none facing east or west.
This kurotomesode (black tomesode) is from Showa or early Heisei, and features cranes on a Japanese courtyard-style setting. The colours for the tomesode are quite unusual: neon greens, blues, purples, and yellow, paired with the more traditional red, white, and gold. There is both gold couching embroidery and gold dust adhered with rice glue in the details. This means that it cannot get wet, or the dust will come off!
The stitching at the back seam shows that the kimono was hand-sewn, not a modern machine-made piece. Kimono like this are ridiculously expensive when purchased new at a shop, especially when they are hand-sewn instead of machine-sewn!
But as it is, I am selling this one at a very low price. I simply don't have the storage necessary for my entire collection anymore, so I'm weeding out those that I don't wear frequently, or ones that I bought with other lots which are not appropriate for me to wear, such as children's kimono, wedding items, etc.
From hem to shoulder, along the back seam - 63"/157.5CM
Wrist to wrist - 53"/132.5CM
Sleeve length - 19.25"/49CM
Width of bottom hem - 22.5"/56CM
Crest is kiri, paulownia.
Age: By the fine yellowed appearance of some of the silk, I can tell that it
is not a new piece, likely from Showa era. I cannot be certain. With
newer "standardized" kimono, it can be so hard to tell. However, it was
well-stored. The yellowing so far seems to be slight and even, not
blotchy like kimono which were exposed to moisture.
See it here!