Girl's Miyamairi Kimono with Crane and Pine Motif; Semamori Charm
This is a graceful antique Japanese girl's silk kimono for miyamairi.
Typically, a baby girl's kimono will have a flowery pattern with bright colors, and as is in this case, a very grand crane and pine tree motif has been expertly dyed with many embroidery embellishments throughout. Note the painted and embroidered pine needles—wonderful!
The kimono is an elegant silvery blue silk, exquisitely woven, and has a beautiful soft touch. Of special interest is the protective pink semamori stitching down the center of the back and also on the kimono ties. Semamori are placed as protective charms and a wish for longevity for the wearer.
About thirty days after a child is born, he or she is taken to a Shinto shrine for their first shrine visit, called miyamairi. The child's mother or grandmother holds the baby and then covers them up with this special kimono. During the ceremony, a prayer is offered to wish the child good health and a bright future.
Late 19th century
31 1/2 x 40 inches; 80 x 102 centimeters