Lilac Kimono

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Item Value: $600

  • Item Number: 56

  • Minimum Bid: $300

  • Minimum Bid Increment: $15

  • Auction Donor: Jennifer Pierce


Kimono first appeared in Japan during the Heian period (794-1185) and have been around ever since. Modern-day kimono are a result of fashion evolution, having gone from clothing for the aristocracy then extending to the nobles and then becoming every-day wear. Nowadays kimono are mostly worn on formal or special occasions. This beautiful piece can be worn or displayed. The darker areas on the sleeves and breast are intricately woven decorations- please see second photo for close-up.

The former owner of this kimono was an adventurous woman and descendant of a Hiroshima samurai family who made her way to Fresno, CA briefly before returning to Japan. She was a Master of Tea Ceremony, an accomplished calligrapher and a published haiku poet. She wore this kimono as she went about her daily Japanese rituals. Traditional Japanese clothing often become family heirlooms- passed down from generation to generation. You can be the next chapter in the history of this garment! (This garment comes with a document detailing a more complete history.)

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