The classical patterned furisode kimono projects modernity with its lively colors.
It was during the Momoyama period, when the kosode (small-sleeve) kimono which is the root of the modern day kimono became an omotegi (outer clothes). The main design characteristics of the Momoyama period are luxurious, gorgeous and relaxed. Chiso’s newly released Momoyama-Seirei was inspired by the designs from this time. This furisode (long-sleeve) kimono has a cream-colored kasumidori (spring haze pattern) running from the shoulder to the sleeve.
The golden fukuro-obi (double-layered sash) with kyorimon (mirror-behind pattern) and yukiwa (snow flakes) shows true elegance.
Along with the cream-colored spring haze, the flowers from the four seasons are patterned and designed with the style of Momoyama period expressing magnificence and luxuriance. In addition to this pattern, susuki (Japanese pampas grass) can be seen as well. Susuki pattern is one of the classical pattern in Japan, and it is often used as motifs. During autumn, susuki is also called the kareobana and known as one of the seven plants of autumn. The susuki seen on the design of this kimono are the ones from spring when they are full of liveliness and youthfulness. It is clear that the classic calmness, dynamic composition and the stylish sense of design are the facscination of this furisode kimono.
One of the aspects that represents modernity in this furisode kimono is the use of colors and the contrast. In contrast to the cold color of dark blue on the jimon (surface weaving pattern), the cream-colored kasumidori is filled with soft and vivid colors of the flowers. The Momoyama period was a time when kimonos were decorated using embroideries and metallic foiling of gold and silver. By applying the Yuzen dye technique, the design of the Momoyama period are revived with a higher degree of freedom in design, while projecting the skills and aesthetics of the experienced craftsmen.
The Momoyama-style flowers are magnificently expressed in the kasumidori.
When wearing a furisode kimono, selecting the right obi (sash) is important. Since the vivid flowers are the main aspects of this kimono, it will be important prevent the use of concrete decorations such as plants. Select the obi with large patterns like the ones in the image using yukiwa and kyorimon with kamon (abstract flower pattern). The furisode kimono will be dressed beautifully with an impression of grace and dignity by arranging the kimono with an elegant fukuro-obi using Shosoin patterns.
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