Elegant Japanese uchikake (traditional wedding gown) sewn in the style of the twelve layered court attire (juni-hitoe) from the Heian period (794-1160). The longing for the beautiful, culture rich era of the aristocrats that existed so long ago never seems to cease in people's mind even after 1000 years. Here on this red background, the classic design of the ox-cart in a pine forest is beautifully woven in gold. The layer of robes could have gone up to 15 or even more. High ranking ladies at the court were able to show their finer taste by choosing the color combination of the layers. For the modern day princess, only four layers are 'sewn together' at your convenience (on neck, sleeves and the hem lines). Excellent condition. Dimensions are 50 1/2" (sleeve to sleeve) x 72 1/2"long.