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Here is an exquisite finely detailed and meticulously crafted Vintage Bridal Kimono or Uchikake. I would guess this kimono is from the 1960s to 1970s, but not sure. It could possibly be earlier.

This magnificent Kimono has so much detail it is impossible to capture all of its beauty with just a few photos. This kimono is ready to be worn or would make a great display piece.

Embroidered and brocaded wedding kimono or uchikake were extremely expensive when they were originally made; $30,000 to $40,000 was not unusual. Because of this, most Japanese brides would rent these for their special occasion. Typical rental fees ranged from $1,500 to $5,000 a day.

This particular kimono contains traditional patterning that features cranes and auspicious florals (bush clover, mums, peonies) and a detailed dowry cart. The crane is a symbol of not only good fortune and a long life, but also represents fidelity as cranes mate for life and raise their young together.

Silver couching is used extensively throughout. Silver couching is made by wrapping silk thread with silver foil. The resulting metallic thread is too thick to be stitched through the silk, so it is traditionally "couched".(Laid on the fabric surface and stitched down with fine silk threads). This is a very detailed and time-consuming process.

The front of the kimono shows a crane on each side and a dowry box below one of the cranes. The back displays the dowry box several times as well as some geometric shapes filled with floral designs. The bottom has a thickly padded hemline which is made to drag behind the bride. The inside of the kimono is lined in red silk. There are 2 small white fabric tags sewn inside the front flap with Japanese writing on them. This kimono also comes in a Japanese printed kimono box, which I believe to be it's original.

This Kimono is in very good shape. The padded hem could use some cleaning as well as a few other spots. A professional cleaning would be recommended. I've looked this item over pretty carefully and have found one area that requires attention. Under the left sleeve, where it joins with the main garment, there is a small 1/4" area where the stitching is coming loose at the seam.

The Kimono measures approximately 73" long (collar to hem), and 47" wide (sleeve end to sleeve end).

Please feel free to ask any questions or request additional photos.

Vintage Uchikake Wedding Kimono Red Silver Gold

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  • Vintage item from the 1970s
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