This is an ANTQUE Japanese Geisha's Hikizuri. Hikizuri are trailing kimono that are worn to perform traditional Japanese dance. This kimono likely originates in the Taisho Period(1912 - 1926). This hikizuri features dramatic pattern of rolling waves, various florals and hagoita paddles with portraits of kabuki actors on them. Hagoita is game similar to badminton which is played around the lunar new year in Japan. As a result this hikizuri would have likely been worn for New Year celebrations. It may have also been worn for Shigyoushiki; a celebration that takes place near the beginning of January. Shigyoushiki celebrates the opening of the geisha districts for another year of business. During this ceremony geisha renew their vows of a life devoted to the arts.
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 / bleeding from the red lining. There are also a few light stains. Damages are circled in the photos above. When I first received this hikizuri, the sleeves were nearly detached from the body, they have been carefully repaired. The repaired sections have also been circled in the photos above. Overall I would rate this hikizuri in average antique condition. There are no tears or seam separations. This kimono is 100% silk.
171cm - Long (Collar to Hem)
126cm - Arm span
59cm - Width across the back
124cm - Total width of skirt
55.5cm - 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 141cm (4'8") - 171 (5'7"). This kimono will ideally fit a woman with hips about 83cm (32.5") 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/listing/221926240…?
It's also up for auction on Ebay: www.ebay.ca/itm/291377391561?s…