Taisho era 3 crest purple chirimen silk kimono w/ woven sayagata
Gorgeous Antique Taisho era kimono with 3 crests, a woven sayagata pattern and vivid purple and red silk. In excellent condition for its age, this is a superb looking, long sleeved, striking kimono.
The crests are for the Fujiwara clan…. the Fujiwara were the main ruling aristocratic family during the Heian period, and all the way up to the Meiji era they were heavily intertwined with the Imperial family. The plant on the crest is a hanging wisteria, so the purple colour is completely in keeping with the flower!
It measures 152.5 cm long, is 62 cm from the centre to the edge of the sleeve, and the sleeve drop is 67.5 cm long!
The vivid arterial red lining peeping out at the sleeve openings makes the rich purple colour seem even more alive. The satiny feel of the fabric and the beautiful drape lets the woven sayagata pattern be shown off really well.
• Sayagata: the swastika is often found as part of a repeating pattern. One common pattern, called sayagata in Japanese, is made of of interlocking manji/swastikas, left- and right-facing swastikas joined by lines. As the negative space between the lines has a distinctive shape, the sayagata pattern is sometimes called the “key fret” motif in English.
• Taisho Roman: Design characterised by the modern and romantic fashion mixed Japanese and European cultures in Taisho era.
The Taisho Era (1912-26), sandwiched between the boldly modernizing Meiji Era (1867-1912) and the militarist tide of early Showa (1926-1989), deserves more recognition than it gets.
Taisho is Japan’s Jazz Age. Can it be summed up in a phrase? It often is:ero-guro-nansensu — eroticism, grotesquerie, nonsense.
The term “Taisho Roman” refers to the cultural stylings of the Taisho Period of Japanese history (1912-1926), combined with the shortened form ‘romantic’. An appropriate English translation might be “romantic vintage”.
In terms of wafuku, Taisho Roman often begins with Taisho-era kimono, or kimono that have similar visual cues, such as bright colors and/or large, bold designs. The kimono is then heavily accessorized with elements of Western fashion from the 1920s, and occassionally touches of the 1910s or early 1930s.