Antique chirimen purple & white silk kimono w/ woven sayagata, 1 mon
This gorgeous antique chirimen silk kimono is stunning – the bold rich purple dyed section floats above the pure white lower area like a deep pure evening sky over white mountain tops. The photos don’t do justice to the rich deep purple, which is not so blue as in the images, rather a deep crocus purple. The woven sayagata pattern adds to the elegance of this lovely one mon (crest) piece.
It is in excellent condition and measures 157 cm long, 65 cm from centre seam to sleeve edge, and the sleeve drop is a big 52 cm. A real show stopper! This is a heavy kimono as well. You’ll be wrapped in luxury!
• Chirimen Silk: Chirimen fabric is a thick, heavy silk crepe, a crinkled fabric made by the weft threads being kept tighter than the warp threads during the weaving process. Weft threads are twisted as they are woven, resulting in a uneven texture.
This weaving technique was developed in Japan over 500 years ago. Threads may be dyed before weaving, or the fabric can be dyed using various techniques after weaving.
Chirimen fabric drapes beautifully, and it is difficult to crease. Therefore it is very popular for making kimonos.
In addition to a wide variety of kimono, many accessories are made using silk chirimen.
- small bags
- furoshiki (wrapping cloths)
- fabric kanzashi (hair ornaments)
- obiage (scarf like cloths worn under the obi)
Recently chirimen-style fabrics have been made with cotton, rayon and polyester as they are less expensive and than silk to produce. However, silk chirimen is still the most popular chirimen for kimono fabric.
Depending on the colours and style, chirimen kimonos may be worn for both informal and formal occasions.
• 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.