The two motifs that expresses the Japanese aesthetics are boldly designed on the furisode kimono.
During the Muromachi period, the noh (traditional theater art) costumes were created using refined techniques of dyeing and weaving. These costumes were worn by successful nohgaku (noh play) actors who were supported by the rulers of the time. Along with the noh costumes, the classical Japanese theater art costumes including kyogen, kabuki and buyou are all called geino-isho (theater costume). The modern day kimono applies many of these geino-isho patterns and decorations that can stand out on stage and also represent the role of the play.
The combination of the fukuro-obi (double-layered sash)’s gold and tabane-noshi (bundled noshi) raises the joy of celebration.
The aspects of geino-isho can be seen from Chiso’s Jusho-Saiei furisode kimono. The black egasumi pattern is in contrast with the white color creating a sense of gracefulness to the kimono. The egasumi pattern represents spring haze by using black horizontal and vertical lines. In addition, numbers of large kasamatsu using bold colors are gorgeously placed on the kimono. Kasamatsu is one of the major decorations used in Japan and represents the layered pine needles as an umbrella. The pine tree are often used for celebrations in the Japanese culture. The Jusho-Saiei has a style of beauty and boldness by applying the two motifs that express Japanese aesthetics and refinement in a style of geino-isho.
Together with the bright red, green and light blue colored pine trees, pine trees with other expression are printed on the shoulder and left side of the kimono. Colored strings embroideries, gold and silver embroideries and gold foils are richly applied on the visible parts. By pairing the color of gold and kissho (good luck and joy) patterned fukuro-obi with the Jusho-Saiei, the furisode kimono becomes even more gorgeous and magnificent.
The combination of kasamatsu and egasumi express a sense of celebration.
The gold obi with tabane-noshi decorations was selected to pair with the furisode kimono. The roots of this decorations comes from noshi, which is a ceremonial origami fold that are still used today in Japan for celebration envelops and papers. In the past, a strip of dried abalone was wrapped with Japanese paper and placed together with their celebration gifts. This is the origin of the tabane-noshi pattern. The pattern is often used in formal and ceremonial occasions as well as furisode kimono and formal kimonos. The fukuro-obi with tabane-noshi and kissho motif bring elegance and refined impression to the furisode kimono.
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