Spring greens woven sayagata synthetic men’s kimono 1 mon
A really gorgeous pale lemony green with bright mod green accents and a single mon crest men’s kimono, in a smooth soft synthetic material. This beautiful number is a perfect comfortable summer weight kimono.
This is a men’s kimono, as the sleeves are sewn shut at the inner margin by the body as opposed to a woman’s which are open on both wrist and body sides.
While this is synthetic, I still recommend you dry clean it as I was not told what particular fibre it is made of and cannot guarantee it is hand washable. I will say that a synthetic is mush more resistant to staining than silk generally, and doesn’t risk mildew.
This kimono measures 137 cm long, is 65 cm from the centre seam to the sleeve edge, and the sleeve drop is 49 cm, and it is in excellent condition. There are very small spots which are almost invisible, see the photos for details. It is in very wearable condition!
• Mon (紋?), also monshō (紋章?), mondokoro (紋所?), and kamon (家紋?), are Japanese emblems used to decorate and identify an individual or family. While mon is an encompassing term that may refer to any such device, kamon and mondokoro refer specifically to emblems used to identify a family. An authoritative monreference compiles Japan’s 241 general categories of mon based on structural resemblance (a single monmay belong to multiple categories), with 5116 distinct individual mon (it is however well acknowledged that there exist lost or obscure mon that are not in this compilation).
The devices are similar to the badges and coats of arms in European heraldic tradition, which likewise are used to identify individuals and families. Mon are often referred to as crests in Western literature; another European heraldic device similar to the mon in function.
Kimonos can have one, three or five Mon on them, the most formal being five.
• 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.