Antique silk kimono with fine flowers sayagata
A gorgeous antique silk kimono with a unique pattern of sayagata made up totally of fine flowers! The black, greyed silver and deep red colours of this are really classy and subdued, yet the closer you come to it the more the details dance and grow exciting! It’s a kimono that demands closer inspection and rewards you for doing so.
I have never run across a kimono with this pattern before. It is soft and drapes beautifully, is heavy and a definite must have for anyone that loves sayagata…
This kimono is in excellent condition for it’s age and measures 145 cm long, is 65 cm from centre seam to sleeve edge, and the sleeve drop is 49 cm.
• 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.
• Swastika: In South Asia, the swastika 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.