Antique purple and white linked manji kimono

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Antique purple linked manji  kimono

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Antique purple and white linked manji kimono

This lovely antique kimono is made of chirimen silk and is decorated with a printed pattern of linked manji forming a striped overall look. This chirimen silk has a lovely soft crepe texture and a beautiful drape.

It is lined in white satin silk that is coloured purple at the sleeve openings and bottom edge.

It measures 151.5 cm from the top to the bottom, 64 cm from mid neck to sleeve edge, and the sleeve drop is 48 cm.

It is in excellent condition and would suit a man or a woman equally well.



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
  • dolls
  • ornaments
  • 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.

 Manji: In South Asia, the manji is omnipresent as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. It is used as a religious symbol in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, which can be traced to pre-modern traditions. In the Sinosphere, countries and regions that were historically influenced by the culture of China, such as Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and China itself, the symbol is most commonly associated with Buddhism. They are commonly found in Buddhist temples, religious artifacts, texts related to Buddhism and schools founded by Buddhist religious groups.


Additional information

Weight 1.25 kg
Dimensions 151 × 64 × 48 cm


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