Antique black men’s kimono with 5 yabane mon
Very nice, all black heavy men’s kimono with 5 mon (crests) in a yabane (arrow feather) pattern. This kimono is lined in deep blue silk and is at the highest level of formality.
It is in excellent condition and the tailor’s white threads are still visible. These are used to stabilise the garment and should be removed before wearing.
It measures 129 cm long, is 130 cm from sleeve edge to sleeve edge, is 64 cm across the shoulders, and the sleeve drop is 48 cm.
• Mon (紋?), also monshō (紋章?), mondokoro (紋所?), and kamon (家紋?), are Japanese emblems used to decorate and identify an individual or family. While mon is an encompassing term that may refer to any such device, kamon and mondokoro refer specifically to emblems used to identify a family. An authoritative monreference compiles Japan’s 241 general categories of mon based on structural resemblance (a single monmay belong to multiple categories), with 5116 distinct individual mon (it is however well acknowledged that there exist lost or obscure mon that are not in this compilation).
The devices are similar to the badges and coats of arms in European heraldic tradition, which likewise are used to identify individuals and families. Mon are often referred to as crests in Western literature; another European heraldic device similar to the mon in function.
Kimonos can have one, three or five Mon on them, the most formal being five.
• Yabane: Fletching (the feathered flight on the end of an arrow). The repeat pattern using this motif is called yagasuri