Japanese uchikake 打ち掛け
Price: € 350,00
A wonderful Japanese uchikake 打ち掛け (wedding kimono), ‘new old stock’.
This uchikake is made from white brocade silk and has been embroidered with a stunning design of Japanese cranes 鶴 (tsuru) flying amidst a variety of shapes, like fans, flowers and hexagons.
The designs are executed in green, purple, red, gold, and silver.
The lining is made from vermillion silk with a dense gold coloured motif of chrysanthemums. The thick order at the bottom of the kimono is filled with cotton.
In Japan, the crane, “tsuru” is one of the mystical or holy creatures and symbolizes good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years.
Height 187 cm, Width 130 cm.
Shōwa period (1926-1989)
This exquisite work of textile art can either be hung on your wall or worn to a party. It is in a fantastic condition!
Uchikake is a highly formal kimono worn only by a bride or at a stage performance. The uchikake is often heavily brocaded and is supposed to be worn outside the actual kimono and obi, as a sort of coat. The uchikake of the bridal costume is either white or very colourful often with red as the base colour. (Source the Metropolitan Museum of Art)