Uchikake 打ち掛け (
Price: € 420,00
A wonderful Japanese uchikake 打ち掛け (wedding kimono), ‘new old stock’.
This uchikake is made from overwhelming vermillion silk and has been painted (!) in hues of gold and silver with a stunning design of Japanese cranes 鶴 (tsuru) flying amidst a variety of foliage, like chrysanthemums 菊 (kiku) and bell flowers 桔梗 (kikyô).
The wavy backgrounds have a lovely patina-like look, giving a nice contrast to the shiny gold cranes in front and the vibrant crimson silk. The silk itself has a subtle cloud pattern woven into it.
The lining as well is made of vermillion silk. The thick red border at the bottom of the kimono is filled with cotton.
The front on the right side marked with a kanji.
In Japan, the crane, “tsuru” is one of the mystical or holy creatures and symbolizes good fortune and longevity because of its fabled lifespan of a thousand years. Tsuru are also known for being faithful monogamous, making it a popular wedding design.
Height 209 cm, Width 138 cm.
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)