This is a VINTAGE Japanese Hikizuri. Hikizuri are trailing kimono that are worn to perform traditional Japanese dance.
This beautiful hikizuri was lovingly restored by yours truly. Originally the sleeve bottoms had come undone and a layer of padding was missing from around the hem. New padding has been put in and the sleeve endings have been stitched back together.
This geiko's hikizuri displays an uncommon motif; sweet persimmons, on the boughs of nearly bare trees. The Japanese persimmon season runs from October through to December making this kimono appropriate for wear during the fall and early winter. In Japanese culture, persimmons are a symbol of education and transformation. This is because they start out bitter and become very sweet when they are ripe. This is a fitting motif for a geiko because the difficult training which she began as an apprentice, and will continue throughout her career, has resulted in the formation of a highly skilled artist.
181cm - Long (Collar to Hem)
136cm - Arm span
68cm - Width across the back
141cm - Total width of skirt
74cm - 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 woman who is approximately 151cm (4'10") to 181cm tall (5'11"), with hips about 94 (37") 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/207588376…?
It's also up for auction on Ebay: www.ebay.ca/itm/291270537319?s…