This is my new favorite thing in the world, and there are so many things to be favorite about it. So many things in fact that I will denote them in list form.
1: It is a kimono
2: It is a CROPPED kimono. I don't know if I have ever seen a cropped kimono before in my life. It is such an obviously good idea I am embarrassed I didn't think of it first.
3: It is a silk cropped kimono
4: There is some serious, serious textile action going on here. Within this silk cropped kimono, there are two jacquard patterns; a floral and a paisley, and two printed patterns; a geometric and a floral geometric combo (closeups below). A very eclectic mix of traditional kimono motifs and modern designs. As a textile design junkie, this is like crack in garment form.
5: As a new addition to my wardrobe, it serves a completely unique purpose of anything else I own. It works like a cardigan, but no other cardigan I have is either woven, printed, multi-patterned, or a kimono.
So there you go. Not bad for $5.
Roses on dot background print, from the lapel. I love the hard graphic background with the placed rose print.
Traditional Japanese cherry blossom and bamboo jacquard. There is a lot of depth in this, very luxurious.
This is a traditional Japanese geometric kimono print. I love how modern these designs tend to look, but they are old old old.
Black on black paisley jacquard. A little textile history for you; the paisley pattern originates in Persia and India, but the name is Scottish.