Sayagata & embroidered fabric from Furisode wedding kimono
Beautiful section of fabric taken from an antique furisode wedding kimono. It has both a large woven sayagata pattern as well as intricately embroidered chrysanthemum flowers in red, pink, blue, purple, green and gold and silver thread.
This piece measures 350 cm by 36 cm and is in excellent condition, as it was taken from a partially constructed (tacked together for fitting) furisode and had never been worn or even finished being sewn.
• Furisode: Furisode kimonos are worn by unmarried women. Furisode means swinging sleeve. It is pronounced foo-ri-sody, with no stress on any of the syllables. In this description I use the term ‘long’, meaning from shoulder to base of sleeve and not from shoulder to wrist. Women’s furisode come in three types, each with progressively longer sleeves; the longer the sleeve, the more formal it is.
• 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.