This is a VINTAGE Japanese Geisha's Hikizuri. Hikizuri are trailing kimono that are worn to perform traditional Japanese dance. This kimono likely originates in the mid Showa Period (1926 - 1989). This hikizuri features an elegant pattern of various florals by a hazy stream. Depicted are willow branches, carnations, bush clover, Chinese bellflowers, chysanthemums, reeds and bamboo.
I have inspected this hikizuri in detail, and there is some damage. There is a fair bit of discolouration, as well as some dye transfer. These discoloured sections appear more prominent in photos than they are in person. There are also a few light stains. Damages are circled in the photos above. When I first received this hikizuri, the sleeves were were completely detached from the body, they have been carefully repaired. Overall I would rate this hikizuri in average antique condition. There are no tears or seam separations. This kimono is 100% silk.
179cm - Long (Collar to Hem)
127cm - Arm span
62cm - Width across the back
140cm - Total width of skirt
54.5cm - Sleeve drop
If you are unsure of how to interpret the kimono's size it is important to know that the length (collar - hem) should be approximately 10cm longer to 10cm shorter than the wearer's overall height (longer is better). This is because the excess length will be folded up at the waist. Meanwhile, the skirt should wrap around the hips a full 1.5 times. The armspan should also reach wrist to wrist on the wearer. If this kimono is worn hikizuri style with the hem trailing, the garment should be equal to the wearer's height or up to 30cm longer. So in that case it would ideally fit a women who is 149cm (4'11") - 179 (5'10"). This kimono will ideally fit a woman with hips about 93cm (36.5") around. There is some give and take in these measurements though.This piece is currently up for sale in my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/ca/listing/480182…
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