Antique Japanese Haori-himo | Men’s Haori Accessories | Rare Braided Clasp with Bronze and Jade Fittings | 1920
In Japan, a braided clasp used to close a Haori jacket, (overcoat), is called haori-himo, and is used by both women and men. The Montuki Haori is worn over a Montuki kimono to not only complete the ensemble but to protect the kimono and Hakama, (trousers). The haori-himo are made to secure the jacket, and to allow parts of the kimono to remain visible. The better the “hand” or “feel” of the haori-himo, (handmade and silk being noticeably softer), the higher quality of the braiding and associated attachments.
Haori-himo are detachable from the jacket, and interchangeable, to give varied interest, and this particular clasp has the original and beautifully fashioned bronze finish and detailing. The thick braiding is brown silk, unfaded, and not frayed. As the Haori ages, haori-himo as this piece was retained for further use because they are considered quite valuable because of the hand craftsmanship and intricate design. It is not unusual for a person to have numerous haori-himo for change-out for they were considered not only a functional, but a decorative element as well. As a standard, men’s ties use precious materials and materials such as jade, as incorporated into this piece, and used to highlight the overall garment. The jade rings are intertwined and woven into the haori-himo. Condition: Excellent. Dimension: 5-0”L each braid.
Additional Information —
“During the late 17th/c, men from the area of Fukagawa in Edo, (Tokyo), adopted the haori and merchant garments which were an item for male formal-ware and a bit of daring masculine chic. Much later, the haori was taken up as fashion for ordinary women, and during the 1910s and 1920s, three-quarter length haori were an important accessory to the kimono ensemble. By then of course, women’s haori made no statement other than as bourgeois fashion. Geisha had long since ceased wearing the haori as part of their wardrobe.” (For more information see Kimono: Fashioning Culture by Liza Dalby, p.342 where this quote was taken.)