Superbly hand-crafted, silk Kimono and Haori form part of Japan's traditional wear for both women and men.
We've collected these stunning, pre-loved pieces during our travels through Japan, mainly in Kyoto - long famous for it's silk textile industry. However, we also have a trusted expert on the ground who keeps a discerning eye out for unique, well presented garments on our behalf.
All our Kimono and Haori are hand-sewn, vintage or antique and 100% silk. On rare occasion it is possible that a more recently updated 'lining' may be made of a different fabric for ease of care. We'll naturally let you know in the product description if that is the case.
The Japanese are a highly respectful nation so although some of our Kimono are very old, they have been so lovingly maintained they look and feel new. It is however important to note that due to age there can sometimes be imperfections and discolouration in places - predominantly on the inner lining which is not visible when worn. We endeavour to point out all such examples wherever possible.
Kimonos are traditionally worn long, tied with an obi (wide silk sash) and sometimes other sashes on more formal or dressy occasions. Haori are shorter jackets which are sometimes worn over the top of Kimono as an extra layer and tie easily at the front with short braided silk ties which are attached to the lapels - they slip neatly away if the Haori is worn open.
As all vintage and antique kimono were hand made you may see some loose, temporary stitches around edges of sleeves, hems and collars. These stitches, called shitsuke ito, are retained to assist the valuable kimono in holding its shape and alignment when not being worn. The stitches are normally removed before wearing then restitched again after cleaning and before storage. We like the air of authenticity they bring so feel free to keep them if you like, or carefully remove them before wearing.
Whether you wear a Kimono or Haori as traditionally intended or repurpose them as glamorous jackets or luxurious robes you'll look and feel pretty damn amazing - even if you are simply dressing up a pair of jeans! These garments are works of art in themselves which look just as striking hung on the wall.
We hope you'll find yourself the perfect item within our intimate collection.
The 'White plum blossom' vintage, black silk Haori features large white plum flower motifs (and small circles) made with the Shibori 'tie dye' method. Inside are smaller flowers in colours representing both young green fruit and riper plums. The signs of early summer in Japan when the blossom groves grow fragrant in the warmth of the sun and new fruit are picked to make plum wine.
The lining is pale pink silk with maple leaf motifs -bidding a fond farewell to autumn.
The ties are pale aqua and deep rose pink but tuck away neatly when the jacket is worn open.
Excellent condition externally. The lining has two tiny age spots but they cannot be seen when worn.
Note - Please Read before purchase:
Kimono and Haori are generally made, for wearing 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)
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)
59 + 24 + 24 = 107cm
*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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