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1940s Japanese Colorful Floral Printed Silk Kimono Jacket


While the variety and particularity of kimono types can be complex, the cut of a kimono is intentionally simple. Minimal seaming allows the beauty of the fabric to reveal itself unencumbered by darts and tucks. A kimono has geometric unity in its use of uncut narrow-width fabric, which forms all elements.

This short version dates to the 1940s, and is made from rinzu, a type of silk that is first woven in a damask pattern and then ornamented with a dye-based pattern. The sharp radial pattern of this damask contrasts beautifully with the organic chrysanthemum pattern that overlays it. A richly saturated purple sets of the white flora, which is highlighted with occasional yellow blossoms.

The neckline and center front opening are edged with a generous band of silk, providing a comfortable and flattering fit. Three-quarter length sleeves have dramatic drops extending down to hip level. The kimono is lined in an equally charming rinzu silk with large blooms over a cream ground, making the interior something akin to a delightful secret. In Japan, chrysanthemums signify longevity and rejuvenation, making this a perfect garment to start out your new calendar year. Wears elegantly as an evening coat, or more casually with a slim pair of jeans and heels.

Size estimate: One size fits most

Bust, waist, hips: up to 40 inches

Length: 35 inches

This 1940s-era Japanese silk kimono is in excellent condition, and has been professionally cleaned and pressed. Made from rinzu silk, the fabric features a geometric damask with white and yellow floral pattern overlay. Three-quarter length sleeves have dramatic drops extending down to hip level. Arm openings are hand-finished on the interior with a generous band of exterior silk, which prevents onlookers from seeing a contrast between the exterior and interior fabrics.

The center front opening and neckline are edged with a band of the exterior fabric, and hangs open without closures. Professionally cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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