Black meisen with fuchsia crosses

This wonderful kimono is from the Taisho or early Showa period.

black meisen kimono with fuchsia crossesI was thrilled when this little babe turned up today – my latest black meisen komon, from Kofudo.

You can’t tell from the pictures, but it’s the most delicious meisen imaginable – like a thick black satin with rows of minuscule fuchsia dots in it. The doura and sleeves are lined in thin red silk, and the whole garment has a wonderful drape.

I like everything about this kimono – the smooth silk, the long sleeves, the glimpse of red lining, and I can’t wait to wear it. But I’ll have to – it’s still in the mid-20s here at the moment, and too hot for anything but yukata or sha kimonos. But I look forward to snuggling up in it, come the cooler weather.

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