An pretty vintage chirimen silk kimono with a lovely flower & phoenix sarasa pattern on a pale blue coloured background.
Sarasa are designs based on the painted & printed calico fabrics imported into Japan from India in the 17th century. This kimono features hanakuitori - a flower-eating bird', a motif that was adopted from Chinese art. If you look carefully you will see the mythical phoenix hidden in amongst the flowers of the design. The kimono has an off-white silk inner and mauve ombre silk hakkake (the inner cuff and hem of the lining) and is in very good vintage condition.
Chirimen is a heavy silk crepe with a crinkled uneven texture that 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.