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Geisha Hikizuri VS Kurotomesode

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Geisha Hikizuri VS Kurotomesode

Post  AnaIkimaru on Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:04 am

So this is a pretty hikizuri in my collection, which hails from the Taisho Era. Here's a picture of the mon.

and here's a picture of the hikizuri:

It looks like something for January to me- read that bamboo and pine for kimono was a January motif. Also, even though it looks shorter I buy it because the average height in Japan was a little lower then, right? The other Taisho kimono I have are even shorter than this one. There is a cream paneling on the inside that would show when the hem is turned out a little for dancing (I can't remember what that is called at the moment).Is it called a contrast panel of sorts? I don't recall.. I'm 5 foot 7, and I am judging whoever wore it couldn't be taller then 5 foot 2, but would've had enough trailing to call it as a hikizuri. The quality of the fabric is much higher when I compared my other Taisho kimono to it.

Taisho "Hikizuri" Left is "susohiki/hikizuri contender, right is Taisho Tomesode. Sleeve and quality of material:

Length of Design. The "Hiki" has a design that reaches up ten inches further than the tomesode.

Detail of Design: On the "hiki", the design is large, striking, and colorful. It fits with the odori asthetic in my opinion. On the Tomesode, it seems much more intricate of a design.

And as mentioned in a different thread, the mon size is different by almost a quarter inch, even though they are from the same decade.

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