September 21, 2011

Birch trees houmongi

I was going post this much earlier, but I had to wait until I had time to add this to the blog. It's a vintage houmongi with a fabulous birch tree motif on the rich tones of salmon pink and red. I have not seen a similar design before featuring birch trees. It's appears to be for the late fall or winter season since there are few leaves left on the trees and they are grey and black.  There are also some cloud-like shapes in red and yellow. What looks like greenish color or shading on the clouds is actually silver metallic paint or dyestuff. There is also some metallic silver on a few of the leaves.

The doura is bright red, indicative of a WWII-era kimono and the hakakke is a dusty salmon-rose color, slightly deeper than the peachy-pink of the kimono. I think it's a really striking design and am looking forward to wearing it one of these days!

Initially, I was thinking of a green-gold obi for this to go with the clouds; but now I think it needs a black and white hakata obi. So I will have to acquire one sometime in the near future. In the meantime, I have a lovely olive green hakata obi as well as a chuya  obi that is plain black on one side that might look really nice.

I will have to just play with the kimono sometime in the next month or so and post some pictures! The perfect obi for this kimono is out there somewhere!

These are all the seller's photos.


  1. How lovely! I can't wait to see you wear it!

  2. Thanks jadeX! It's even more lovely in person! It's my first houmongi, so I'm very excited to own it. I'm hoping I can wear it sometime in the next few months.

  3. So, I can totally come over and steal that one, right? ;)

  4. Anytime! You probably have an obi that goes with this one already. You must have more accessories than I have!
    The obi I was bidding on that I wanted went way out of my price range....need to keep looking. I'd love something like a bold black and white pattern.