'Oojo' Kimono

  • This vintage silk Kimono in vibrant Fuschia is hand-dyed using the intricate shibori (tie-dye) method  - there is so much work in the wonderful piece that we've nicknamed it 'Princess'.

  • Each little white circle you see is the result of a dedicated shibori artist wrapping string around tiny bubbles of silk fabric - the colour doesn't take underneath the string when dipped. When the fabric has dried each string is undone by hand.  The result is incredible.  It takes many months just for this process alone to be completed.  The fabric is then handsewn into Kimono form and lined in silk.

  • This is wearable art, an absolute keepsake - just amazing. There are only a small handful of artisans left in Japan who do this kind of shibori work. To watch it is flabbergasting. 

  • Of course you can and should wear this kimono... you'll appreciate the feel of this garment on your body so much more when you know what kind of energy has gone into the making.  

  • Whether floating around the house or stepping out to a special event swathed in this luxurious garment it is bound to make the wearer feel like royalty. Well the cheekier side of a royal family perhaps... Soft, silky, pretty but with a most definite edge of sass. 

    The lining is two tone - in white and dusty rose pink silk. 

    This piece is so striking it would also look fantastic hung on a wall as textile art and would most certainly brighten up any room.  Absolute showstopper!

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    Ok, so we're a little bit dumbstruck by its magnificence...

  • Condition

    Generally excellent  - but there are a couple of barely noticeable, seriously minute, holes in the back lining which cannot be seen when worn or displayed.

    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.

    Related

    Obi's and Other Sashes
    Kimono Hangers - Emonkake





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