This is a VINTAGE Japanese Hitoe Odori Houmongi. Houmongi are semi-formal kimono that can be worn by both married and unmarried women. They are characterized by artfully arranged patterns that flow seamlessly across the garments' seams. This kimono is synthetic and unlined, so it was likely meant to be worn on stage for an odori (dance) performance. This kimono displays a bold dragon pattern over the shoulders and clouds around the skirt. Dragons are an uncommon motif on women's kimono as they are seen as something of a manly motif. It is said that only a very special kind of woman would wear a dragon. These individuals include women who are bad tempered, good in business, wives of yakuza bosses or geisha.
I have inspected this kimono in detail, there is unfortunately some large areas of dye transfer (the dark pattern has become slightly imprinted on some of the lighter fabric). This kimono also features a red date-eri that is sewn in. The raw edge of the date-eri's fabric has come lose and is fraying in some spots. This garment is 100% synthetic fabric.
Arm Span: 126cm
Width Across Back: 63cm
Total Width of Skirt: 133cm
Sleeve Drop: 48.5cm
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. In this case, the kimono will ideally fit a woman about 150cm (4'11") - 170cm (5'7") tall, with hips about 89cm (35") 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/257723216…
It's also up for auction on Ebay: www.ebay.ca/itm/291623729338?s…