Well, I recently decided to try turning my passion for buying kimono into a passion for selling them.
This is my second offering for all of you, from the first bundle of kimono I bought to sell. In that bundle I got three gorgeous, vintage furisode in amazing condition. I listed all three of them on etsy from most expensive to least expensive. This is the second most expensive one, and I will be honest with you; I have been very tempted to keep this furisode for myself.
This furisode features a beautiful pattern of cherry blossoms (sakura), wisteria (fuji) and paper ribbons (tabanenoshi) on a pale gold background. Some of the patterns are also accented with delicate gold lame. Please check out all the detail photos in the listing to see the beautiful workmanship.
This furisode likely originates in the Heisei Period (1989 - present), probably the 1990's. It is 100% silk. I believe the outside is rinzu, while the white lining is likely habbotai.
I have inspected this furisode in detail, and have only been able to find one stain. It's on the left collar, and it's fairly pronounced. Thankfully though, when this furisode is worn, the collar will be folded in half, so the stain will not be visible when worn. I've circled the stain in the in the detail photos. That aside, I would rate this furisode in excellent vintage condition. It's otherwise in like new condition. There are no tears or seam separations. This beautiful piece can be worn.
170cm - Long (Collar to Hem)
138cm - Arm span
63cm - Width across the back
133.5cm - Total width of skirt
111cm - Sleeve drop
f 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 160cm (5'3") - 180cm (5'11") tall, with hips about 89cm (35") around. There is some give and take in these measurements though.