Spectacular Traditional Vintage
Kimonos from Japan YOU MUST SEE !
requested that my Aunt bring me back something special to sell on eBay from her
annual “world tour” and to my surprise, and before her return, two kimonos, one
for a male and one for a female, arrived in the mail with a simple note from
her. “For you to eBay,” it reads. I am unable to contact her for exactly how
she acquired these, all I know is that the postage was from Japan. After
looking at the form of the female kimono and doing some research, this kimono
is definitely an Uckikake – a traditional wedding kimono. This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve
seen made by hand- the colors are vibrant, cheerful and the condition, for
being used, is nearly perfect. It could
be worn but probably should be on display in a protective frame because it is
definitely a work of art! I am not a professional seamstress, but everyone I
have shown these to believes, as I do, that these are both made of silk. The lining of the male kimono does not feel
like silk however, but again I am not a professional and definitely do not know
what antiquated silk might look or feel like.
Please take a close look at the
pictures as they are your best guide determining what you will receive.
You will receive both kimonos, as I
cannot break the set apart & will leave the decision of their destiny up to
the new owner.
on Uckikake’s in General
There are several different types
of kimonos in the Japanese culture, all worn for different martial status,
daily wear, and/or special occasions.
The Uchikake is worn during a traditional, formal wedding ceremony and
is the most expensive and extravagant of all kimonos. They are always longer than any other kimono
type (somewhat like a traditional western wedding dress “train”) and each will
have a varying degree of weighted hemline- anywhere from slightly weighted to
heavily weighted. These can be very
costly, and in that, are generally rented (some at the rate of $5,000 per
ceremony) rather than bought by the average person. For those who are wealthy, their Uckikake is
preferably made for them, and these
are one-of-a-kind, the rarest of rare.
on this Specific Female Uchikake Kimono
Measurements of female kimono (approx. in cm)–
taken while laying flat:
The focal point
of this beautiful Uchikake is one majestic Gold & Silver Silk Pheasant,
with wonderful red accents. The symbolism of the pheasant in Japanese culture
is extremely interesting and apropos for an Uchikake (wedding kimono). The
research I found on the symbolism of pheasants in the Japanese culture can be
found further down the page.
Rarely does one
see the base fabric and its radiant colors so carefully incorporated to fit the
general focal point and theme. In this
rare example and with the Golden Pheasant being the focal point, we have a
variant sky-blue and wonderful white creating an absolutely gorgeous daytime
sky scene. This Uchikake’s thoughtfully
creative maker clearly took painstaking time and effort to create this even
flow background as the base for the even more extravagant silk embroidery,
sparing nothing in this one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. The maker’s
mastery is evident and undeniable.
The condition of
this Uchikake, although used, is very good.
The bottom of the hem shows a slight bit of floor dirt, but it’s nothing
that a dry cleaner or careful vintage clothing up-keeper couldn’t easily
I don’t own a
scale so I am taking a best guess estimate that this Uchikake weighs about 4 to
The thickness, or
how “weighty” the wrap-around hemline on this Uckikake I am
judging is in the medium weight/thickness range, and measures approx. 3 inches
around. I came to the medium range by comparing other
Uckikake’s hemlines in pictures I have seen online; some of which have very
little hemline thickness/weight while others have what I would consider to be
way too much thickness/weight.
length 68 in./172 cm. (measured from neck nap down to hemline)
span 50 in./127 cm. (measured from one sleeve end to the other on top)
C. Sleeve length 42 in./106 cm. (measure from
top to bottom of sleeve)
D. Sleeve width 12 in./30 cm. (measured at
the sleeve bottom, left to right)
width 54 in./137 cm. (measured along the bottom hemline w/kimono fully open, left
on the Symbolism of Pheasants in Japanese Culture
(I Googled “Pheasant symbolism in Japan”
and here are some excerpts I found)
the pheasant is a divine messenger for
Amaterasu, the Great Sun Goddess, a focal point of the Shinto pantheon. Amaterasu is the ruler of the heavens,
so her association with the pheasant made this creature an important
symbol of power, abundance, hope and promise." "Amaterasu (天照), Amaterasu-ōmikami
(天照大神／天照大御神) or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami
(大日孁貴神) is a part of the
Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is the goddess of the sun, but also of the
universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru meaning
"shining in heaven." The meaning of her whole name,
Amaterasu-ōmikami, is "the great august kami (Gama or God) who shines in
the heaven". The Emperor
is said to be a direct descendant of Amaterasu."
by Micha F. Lindemans
The Japanese Shinto sun
goddess, ruler of the Plain of Heaven, whose name means 'shining heaven' or
'she who shines in the heavens'. She is the central figure in the Shinto
pantheon and the Japanese Imperial family claims descent from her 1.
She is the eldest daughter of Izanagi. She was so
bright and radiant that her parents sent her up the Celestial Ladder to heaven,
where she has ruled ever since...."
on the Vintage Male Kimono
I cannot be sure
this kimono is also one used for traditional wedding ceremonies, although the
research I have found doesn’t indicate anything to the contrary. It is much fancier than a daily use kimono
and its silken outer fabric is the main indicator that it is also a wedding
There are a total
of five symbols (see pic) on this kimono, 2 on the front and 3 on the
back. There is a long, black silken sash
that comes with it, although my best guess would be that the sash is newer than
the kimono itself.
actual age is a mystery, but this kimono is definitely older than the Uchikake
and if I were to take a guess I would say it is older by at least one or two
decades. Due to the age, the inner
lining (see pics) needs some TLC/a good cleaning or nothing at all, it’s up to
the new owner. I also noticed the hem needs a tiny bit of mending. I have
provided the info and pictures regarding the noticed condition issues I’ve
found, but because of its antiquity, there may be smaller more subtle issues.
Nonetheless, it is a fabulous piece of clothing and the mystery behind adds to
Measurements of male kimono (approx.
in cm.)– taken while laying flat:
A. Full length 54 in./137
cm. (measured from neck nap down to
B. Sleeve span 52 in./132
cm. (measured from one sleeve end to
the other on top)
C. Sleeve length 20 in./50
cm. (measure from top to bottom of
D. Full width 48 in./122
cm (measured along the bottom hem
fully open, left to right)
E. Sash is 100 in./254
cm. long & 6 in./15 cm in width
are straight from Japan to the U.S.
and now perhaps, straight to you!
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as such may have some usual signs of age, use and prior wearing – they are
bought “as-is”. Any cleaning or
adjustments will be left up to the new owner.
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