Tag Archives: collecting

The do’s and don’ts of buying kimono


What the Japanese will and won’t do in kimono. I’ve been reading some kimono books lately, especially The New Kimono by the editors of Nanao magazine. It’s intriguing to me as a Westerner which rules the Japanese are willing and unwilling to break, and also which colour combinations they feel are chic, old-fashioned, permissible, not permissible, indicative of spring or… Read more »

How to price a kimono


Only you can decide what to pay for a kimono, but here’s the rough guide I use. I thought today that I’d write a word or two about pricing. What a collector is willing to pay for kimono depends on a number of factors, including your income and the purpose to which you’re going to put the kimono. And I… 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 »