This silk shibori kimono showcases prominent 'yabane' (arrow-feather) motifs of shibori, accentuated with silk and metallic thread embroidery highlights. It measures 49 inches (125 cm) from sleeve-end to sleeve-end and stands at 57 inches (145 cm) in height.
The 'yabane' motif, originating as early as the Heian era, initially carried martial significance but evolved in the Edo era, becoming popular on kimono for ladies in waiting. It gained popularity across different periods, notably in the Taisho and early Showa periods, fashioned through shibori, stenciling, or yuzen-dyeing. The arrow-feather pattern, often vertical but occasionally created at an angle like in this example, holds auspicious associations with weddings, symbolizing a bride's departure to her new home.
Crafting this kimono would have been a costly endeavor, particularly due to the intricate shibori work that would have taken several months to complete. The white silk embroidery on the lower left arrow-feather motifs offers a distinct visual contrast, adding an elegant touch to the overall design. The scattered placement of motifs creates a casual, relaxed ambiance. The speckled appearance of the yellow background color is a skillfully achieved effect, requiring meticulous placement of thousands of tie-dye knots to achieve the slightly puckered yellow dots on the black background, creating a speckled look.