Antique wool kimono w/ sayagata and roundrel
A beautiful antique wool hitoe (unlined) kimono in navy blue, with a woven sayagata and roundrel pattern in yellow and orange. (There us a separate matching haori jacket as well, listed in the haori section.)
This beautiful soft wool is not your scratchy wool from childhood! It is a nicely draping soft fabric with a very slight “tooth” to it. The tacking threads from making are still in place, it is virtually untouched despite being at least 50 years old.
The bright orange roundrels really shine like little suns in the deep navy blue ground, and the woven sayagata in yellow floats softly on top of them. It’s a really fresh, pretty combination that I have not seen before.
The kimono is in excellent condition and measures 159 cm long, is 67 cm from centre seam to sleeve edge, and the sleeve drop is 47 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.