Omeshi scenic townwear kimono

     

My fifth kimono purchase was this Showa-era townwear with scenic design in Omeshi and urushi. This kimono was my first purchase of a hitoe – an unlined kimono. I bought it because it was Omeshi, and I was keen to see what this fabric was like. In fact I didn’t know at the time, but I already owned an Omeshi… Read more »

Yellow omeshi with urushi roses

     

This townwear kimono is in Omeshi silk with lame leaves and pink roses in urushi. I bought this ‘townwear’ kimono from Yamatoku. Townwear kimono are assembled from bolt silk, so the design is equal in all areas of the garment rather than being placed at the hem. This makes them inherently less formal than furisode, tomesode and other formal kimono… Read more »

Light green floral houmongi

     

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 »

Black haori with maple-leaf lining

     

This black urushi haori was my first purchase when I decided to collect kimono. This haori was my first purchase after deciding to start collecting kimono in 2005. It is a silk haori from Yamatoku which I bought for both its beautiful lining, and its urushi outer layer. Urushi is brocade weaving with lacquered threads and is my favourite technique… Read more »

Collecting vintage kimono

     

Building a collection of vintage kimono is a hobby that is endlessly fascinating and absorbing, and I hope to share it with you here. I began collecting kimono seriously only a couple of years ago, but the seed was planted long before. When I think about it, and look around me, I’ve been interested in kimonos all my life. For… Read more »