- Evening Sun
So this is the pretty ro furisode I bought to go with my ro butterfly odori obi.
I watched this one on YJA for a long time, seeing it get lower and lower in price with no takers. Finally I snagged it for 25% of what the seller was originally asking. Considering that ro furisode are somewhat rare, it was a deal I couldn't pass up.
I originally bought this piece because it looked maikoish to me. Though I believe this is NOT a maiko hikizuri, I'm not exactly sure what it is. Because of the crests and colours I would classify it as Showa Period (maybe 1950's), but the amazing thing is the length; nearly 180cm. Most bridal furisode from the 1940's and 50's were still hovering around 165cm and still had a black base (or at least some black in them). That said, the furisode is significantly lacking in Bridal motifs and seems to be very season specific. I'm leaning towards this being a bridal furisode with some curiosities to it. Perhaps it was the bridal garment of a very fashion forward young lady; jumping eagerly into the non-black-based and longer hemmed wedding kimono of the late Showa Period.
All of that aside, I named this kimono Irihi for it's soft yellow background. It reminds me of late summer evenings by the lake.