This is an ANTIQUE Japanese Houmongi. Houmongi are semi-formal kimono worn for visiting. They are characterised by their artfully arranged patterns which flow seamlessly across the garment's seams. This kimono likely originates in the Taisho Period (1911 - 1926). This piece features a delicate scene of chrysanthemums, spider chrysanthemums, and berries on a misty, gradated purple background. Some of the dparts are accented in delicate embroidery and couching. There is a very subtle, single crest on the back of this kimono. Its in the form of a melon surrounded in a snowflake, and is embroidered with grey thread.
I have inspected this kimono in detail, and it has some discolouration as well as a few subtle stains on the exterior. Overall, I would rate this kimono in good antique condition. There are no tears or seam separations. I have circled the damages in the photos above. This garment is 100% silk. The exterior is rinzu, and the lining is likely habbotai.
149cm - Long (Collar to Hem)
128cm - Arm span
62cm - Width across the back
130cm - Total width of skirt
64cm - 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. In this case, the kimono will ideally fit a woman about 139cm (4'7") - 159cm (5'3") tall, with hips about 87cm (34") around. There is some give and take in these measurements though.This item is currently up for auction on Ebay: www.ebay.ca/itm/290820598567?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&am...
It's also up for sale in my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/listing/116089195/elegant-autumn-antique-sin...