This summer Akaso kimono is one of the rarest kasuri kimonos, simply because the production itself gradually disappeared around the Taisho era (the early 1900s) of Japanese history. Akaso, literally means 'red hemp', was a part of the finest hemp textiles in Omi area (current Shiga prefecture). Red hemp was used for the meticulous production process and it was a very high quality textile. The patterns used on Akaso are commonly abstract or small as you see on this particular kimono. Historically the production began as early as the early 1800s and the popularity was peaked in the early 1900s. This kimono possesses crispy linen texture with beautifully rustic hand-spun yarns. "Red" choma hemp (dark brown) are shown on all kasuri patterns in different values against natural white hemp background. The condition is excellent. Ca. early 1900s. 48"wide 54" long. Please inquire for shipping arrangement. Thank you.