A gorgeous vintage chirimen silk kimono with a profusion of jewel coloured traditional flowers & leaves on an intense deep blue (konjō-iro) background.
This very pretty komon kimono has an off-white silk inner and a terracotta colour silk hakkake (the inner cuff and hem of the lining). Komon, literally ko (small) mon (pattern) are casual kimono worn for going out or casual gatherings. They often have a small all-over print, but may also have stripes, checks or larer all-over patterns.
Chirimen is a heavy silk crepe with a crinkled uneven texture created by the weft thread being kept tighter than the warp thread during weaving, while also being twisted. It was developed in the late 16th century and became popular during the Edo period (1603-1868). Chirimen fabric drapes beautifully and is difficult to crease which makes it popular in kimono making.