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Evening Dances - Antique Japanese Womens Silk Furisode Kimono Odori Maiko For Sale

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Evening Dances - Antique Japanese Womens Silk Furisode Kimono Odori Maiko :

This is ANTIQUE Japanese Furisode. Furisode are formal kimono for young, unmarried women. This piece likely originates in the Taisho (1912 - 1926) or early Showa Period. It features a bold pattern of clover flowers, vines and checkered clouds on a gradated vermillion and purple background. The colour is best represented in the detail photos. This kimono was mostly likely an odori (dance) kimono and may have been worn by a maiko. There are pinholes and discolouration indicating sleeve and shoulder tucks which can be seen in the damage photos above. The furisode also lacks crests, which is unusual for the time period, but would have made sense for a stage piece. Though this furisode is not likely a hikizuri due to its length, it may have been worn on stage with an ohashiori, or by a very short dancer. It is also possible that this was a furisode meant for a youngster who was still growing. I have inspected this furisode in detail, and there is some damage. There are some faint stains, as well as patina on many of the lighter coloured areas. As mentioned previously, there are pinholes and discolouration lines where sleeve and shoulder tucks would have existed. Overall, I would rate this furisode in good to excellent antique condition. This garment is 100% silk. MEASUREMENTS:Length: 148cmArm Span: 122cmWidth Across Back: 61cm Total Width of Skirt: 126cmSleeve Drop: 86cm SIZING:If you are unsure of how to interpret the kimono's size it is important to know that the length (collar - hem) should be approximately 10cm longer to 10cm shorter than the wearer's overall height (longer is better). This is because the excess length will be folded up at the waist. Meanwhile, the skirt should wrap around the hips a full 1.5 times. The armspan should also reach wrist to wrist on the wearer. If this kimono is worn with a waist fold, it will ideally fit a woman about 138cm (4'6") - 158cm (5'2") tall. This kimono will ideally fit a woman with hips about 84cm (33") around. There is some give and take in these measurements though. SHIPPING: For the moment I've only included shipping rates to Canada and the United States. If you live elsewhere and would like to know the shipping cost for your area, please contact me before purchasing. Shipping to your area is NOT free! Please allow 5 days handling period, and 1 - 2 weeks for shipping within North America. Also please be aware that there may be shipping delays around the holidays. Though I will try my best to get your item to you on time, shipping delays are beyond my control. In some cases there are economy shipping options available as well.Express shipping options are available to most locations. However, the cost is higher than the shipping method listed. If you would like to get express shipping, please contact me before purchasing and I will add an express rate to the listing.I will NOT be held responsible for any damages to the items that may occur during shipping.
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