This winter weight, raw silk Kimono from Kyoto is a deeply dark, almost black, Indigo blue. Close up the natural weave reveals a very fine mid blue thread running through the dark background which catches the light beautifully.
'Koai' translates as deep indigo - just one end of the spectrum of Japanese indigo blues. Midnight never looked so good.
Wear as a long jacket, robe or as traditionally intended - crossed over and tied with an Obi or traditional sash.
Although this Kimono was made for a man, as determined by the shorter length of sleeve, it works as an elegant overcoat style jacket for a female. Dress it up with a soft silk scarf or a brightly coloured brooch.
Note - Please Read before purchase:
Kimonos are generally made, for wearing traditionally tied with an Obi sash, on smaller framed, not too tall bodies - however if worn as an open jacket there is generally enough room in the sleeve area and in length to be worn by several sizes larger and taller than originally intended. However there is no guarantee it will sit perfectly on your body shape. Let's call it freestyle!
As we take every measure to ensure you are advised of the correct sizing prior to purchase - we ask you to please be aware that we don't refund for garments chosen in error. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any queries regarding dimensions before purchase.
All vintage and antique kimono and haori were hand made. Therefore you may see some loose, temporary stitches around edges of sleeves, hems and collars on our kimonos. These stitches, called shitsuke ito, are kept in place to assist the valuable kimono in retaining its shape and alignment. In Japan the stitches are normally removed before wearing then restitched again after cleaning and before storage, for the same reasons as above. We like the look of authenticity they bring so feel free to retain them if you like, or remove them before wearing.
Length (shoulder to hem)
1m 36 cm
Neck to sleeve width
Length of sleeve hang ( top to bottom )
Width across back
*Total width (measured under arms)
(back panel plus right and left front panels)
65 + 35 + 35 = 135cm
*Please note that the above measurement is purely fabric and does not take into account overlapping when worn traditionally
Dry Clean Only
Ideally you should clean your silk kimono as little as possible to keep it in top condition. Please try to avoid using lotions or oily perfumes when you wear it. Also make sure your hands are clean as sticky or greasy fingers and Kimono don't play well together!
Air your kimono after wearing by hanging on a kimono hanger or extra wide coat-hanger.
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