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"Botan and Ume" Vintage Tomesode

"Botan and Ume" Vintage Tomesode

Peonies and Plum

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  • One-of-a-kind
  • Sourced from Japan
This listing is for a vintage, formal, Japanese kimono called a tomesode (sometimes called kurosode or "Mother of the Bride" kimono), which are typically reserved for very formal occasions, such as weddings or performances. There are always at least three - but usually five - family crests on the upper section (one at the neck, one on the back of each sleeve, and one on each side of the collar) and an elegant design that stretches across the entire hemline, with more of the image in the front, where it would be seen best.

This tomesode features three layer of design sweeping across the hemline. A layer of white ume (plum blossoms), then a layer of deep orange with floating charms, and then a layer of peonies (botan). The plum blossoms are all white, and the peonies share their layer with white chrysanthemums, though the peonies are dyes soft colors and outlined with gold couching.

The layer between the florals features several richly-dyed buddhist charms, some outlined in gold.

This tomesode design was created with the yuzen technique - see the video below for how this is done.

The family crest is tachibana - orange blossom.
Length: 65"
Width: 50"
Body/Hips: 45"
Made In (Estimated): 1960s
Condition: Excellent
Fiber: Silk
Technique: Yuzen, Brush Painted, Embroidery
Colors: Black, Multi
Motifs: Floral


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