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 »