Thursday, November 10, 2016


Piece Unique
Silk Jacket
Free size S/M/L 

It is difficult to give a specific date for the Japanese clothes . If you look on books or other information sources , the date ranges are rarely specific , but between 20 to 30 years for one dating. I have many documentations about them , I try to be the most exact I can in the dates .
Concerning this model , a Haori Jacket, it is in Meisen silk , typically a blend between Art Deco influence ( geometric pattern for the wonderful lining in silk ) and Art Nouveau for the giant Peonies Kurakusa ( arabesque ) flowers. It is dated early Showa , from the 1930s to early 1940s 

What is it , the famous Meisen silk ?
During the Taisho and Showa eras new grades of silk were being created with the outer case of silk worm cocoons. When fine silk is spun, it is pulled and reeled from the inside of cocoons , and the leftover product is silk floss , which is tougher and has irregularity that we can see on the fabrics. This sort of tougher silk floss is used to create the Meisen silk . Meisen was very popular , fashionable and modern in the early 20th Century. Beautiful and multicolored patterns were created in Meisen silk , they reveal the important influence that western art movements , Such as Art Nouveau , Art Deco and Modernism, had on early 20th Century Japanese textile design.
Meissen silk remained fashionable into the 1950s. The second half of the 20th Century saw an enormous decline in the wearing of the traditional garments as kimono , hoari and Michiyuki jackets / over coat .

The Haori is a traditional Japanese jacket which is worn over the kimono , to go outside.
I changed the shape of this Haori , making by hand-sewn pleats on the front, a cocoon form .

To preserve the hoary "roots" , who are worn open or  eventually little closed  by an elegant knot with two silk cords ( himo ) ,to have the possibility to glimpse and to admire the kimono , I made 2 stripes in a vintage Indian silk Liberty print , finished on each side by long beaded pendants 23 inch / 58 cm ( vintage rosary beads from France , in wood and glass from 1930s/1940s , Lampwork glass beads from India )

You can open or close easily the stripes , with a magnetic snap pressure .

Sleeve to Sleeve : 51 inch / 129cm , which means 3/4 sleeves
Length Back : 35.5 inch / 90 cm
Length Middle Front : 29.5 inch / 75 cm
Width : 45.2 inch / 115 cm + 5.5 inch / 14 cm stripe closed
Sleeve length: 17 inch / 43 cm 

Cleaning instruction : dry cleaning . 
To iron with steam . 
Very good vintage condition .
The irregularities on the woven threads are the characteristic of the Meisen silk , they are not defaults.

Brown and black silk are the base colors of the Haori, patterns giant Peonies Karakusa ( arabesque ) in red / deep orange and grey shades.
Lining in silk , white , purple , pale gold and silver colors around the geometric patterns .

Price 310 € + worldwide registered shipping 35 €
Installment payments are possible , don't hesitate to ask to me and we can plan what is the best for you


Colors and Light may vary depending your screen.
Sometimes marking , irregularities or imperfect embroideries / colors , condition maybe apparent .
This should not be considered as imperfection and are the characteristic of vintage materials and craft method of dyeing.
It can happen , on the Haori , to have a little smell of mothballs when you open the parcel, or when you iron it with steam, but it will disappear when aired.

Thank you for your visit and interest in my work

Jenny Eve 


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