“New” vintage Japanese haori.

I am always amazed at the quality of the vintage haori and kimono I come across. This one is no exception. Black base with Dianthus japonicus in fine detail throughout the whole piece. I looked up “nadeshiko” which is the name in Japanese and only came up with “Pink”. I didn’t know there is a flower named pink. A whole family of them in fact.

Another thing about this haori that gives a lot of insight into Japan is the fact that it has never been worn. I come across a lot of kimono and haori that are “new” vintage. What happens a lot of times is either the piece was given as a present and never worn or taken with the woman when she moved out of her parents home to get married. Traditionally she would take a whole house full of furniture and the tansu, dressers, would be filled with kimono and other clothes. Many of them never to be worn. A living tradition as it is still practiced in the countryside.

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