|Seasonal Exceptions||Commonly matched with other "Western" motifs, and also appears on kimono + obi from every season.|
Bara (English: rose), are perennial flowering plants of the genus Rosa.
Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
Common Motif Pairings
Roses are often paired with Taisho Roman influences and overtly Western themes such as Victorian towns, lace, or European castles.
Kimono are a summer motif according to ana's ikimaru's seasonality motif guide  and can be found on strictly-summer obi, but they also appear commonly on awase (lined, never worn in summer) kimono and other non-summer items. Bara seasonality is not as strict as some other motifs, with seasonality sources even vacillating between it being a summer and winter motif (although most list it as summer.)
|NOTE: See more relevant images in our corresponding gallery.|
bara motif on a tsukesage
bara motif on a pente obi
Art-nouveau style bara motif on obiage
Meisen kimono panel with bara
Antique muslin juban remnant with bara
Motif in Literature & Other Usage
In the time of the Taisho era, there was a brief trend for maiko to wear bara kanzashi. Examples of that can be seen here:
- Apprentice Geisha from Kobe 1910 - by BlueRuin1 on Flickr
- Naruko and Hisayū - Late Taisho / Early Showa Maiko - by Naomi no Kimono Asobi on Flickr
- Maiko Kokaji in a Chrysanthemum Kimono 1939 - by BlueRuin1 on Flickr
BlueRuin1 notes  that the bara kanzashi appeared to be worn in late winter or early spring, further confusing bara's seasonality.
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