Category Archives: Houmongi

Kimono gallery – part one, haregi

Here is my kimono collection – hope you enjoy it. It hadn’t occurred to me until now that I haven’t done a blog with all my kimono in it, so, as at August 2010, here is my kimono gallery. It’s quite large, so it’s in sections. Part one, formal kimono. UCHIKAKE Gold uchikake with royal carts. Age, probably 1970s –… Read more »

Cream houmongi with gold embroidery

This houmongi feels as beautiful to wear as I hoped it would. My new houmongi arrived yesterday morning, courtesy of Japanese Antiques. I couldn’t resist trying it on, so I popped it over my home-made juban in white Thai silk, and teamed it with a Showa-era fukuro obi with gold arabesques (with my 5in obi stay tucked inside). The obi-scarf,… Read more »

Cream houmongi with gold embroidery and yuzen

I just fell for this rinzu houmongi, which ticks many of the boxes I want in my formal kimono. This cream houmongi is the latest addition to my kimono wardrobe – I was lucky enough to win it last night on Ebay. I have been umming and ah-ing over getting a new houmongi lately. Now that I regret the decision… Read more »

Mustard houmongi with bamboo Yuzen

When in doubt, in terms of formality, choose a houmongi. This was the second houmongi I bought, in 2004, and is from Ryujapan. Overall, it’s probably the most beautiful kimono I own, because the yuzen is of a very high standard and the overall balance of the garment is just perfect. Houmongi (houmon – visit, gi – wear) are ‘visiting… Read more »

Light green floral houmongi

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My third kimono purchase was this light green houmongi decorated in the Yuzen technique. Houmongi – literally ‘visiting dress’ – are the most flamboyant kimono permitted for a married woman. They can also be worn by unmarried women, though most prefer to carry on wearing the longer-sleeved furisode while they still can. However, this houmongi has more rounded sleeves than… Read more »