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"Shell Game" Iromuji Kimono

"Shell Game" Iromuji Kimono

Tea Ceremony Motif

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  • One-of-a-kind
  • Sourced from Japan

A light and bright coral color with a patterning of motifs related to a traditional Japanese game - kai awase - where you match up the patterned tops and bottoms of shells to win. The games comes in a many-sided decorative box. Other motifs on this kimono include garden fences, florals, clouds, and more. There is a single crest at the neck, stitched in silver threads.

If you're going to wear this casually, you could add one of our simple cotton sashes (see option above).

If you're planning to display this, consider adding one of our wooden hanging rods (see option below description).

This style of kimono, called iromuji in Japanese, is typical of what would be worn by a practitioner of chado – traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Aside from being in tune with the season and the age/status of the wearer, “tea ceremony kimono” are usually single color, tone-on-tone jacquard weaves. Iromuji might have a single crest at the back of the neck (this one does not) and very subtle design shading and would be worn with an obi of muted colors or design.

The importance of the single color and understated elegance is in keeping with the solemn celebration of the tea ceremony itself. The host/hostess wears a kimono that does not call attention to his or herself, so as to not detract from the ceremony. See the video below to learn about Japanese tea ceremony..
Length: 59"
Width: 52"
Body/Hips: 54in
Made In (Estimated): 1970s
Condition: Excellent Vintage
Fiber: Silk
Technique: Jacquard Weave, Woven
Colors: Coral
Motifs: Kai Awase, Toys, Game


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