Tag Archives: haori

Bearing with the heat


There’s nothing cooler than kimono in these high temperatures. It’s been hot here in France the past couple of weeks and I’m pretty much living in kimono. Some years ago I bought a cream silk ro kimono that I shortened to make into a nightie. This is a brilliant thing for sleeping in, or, with the addition of a datejime… Read more »

Kimono diary: Cream ro but now needing a haori


21 degrees, with sun and showers, so alternately quite hot and freezing cold – fairly unseasonable for August. Felt like wearing ro today, so put on my cream one with plum blossoms, but then felt in need of an extra layer, so rather than getting undressed again, wore the cream silk haori with mosquito print. I originally bought this haori… Read more »

Black wool ensemble with zigzags


My first ensemble is made from tough wool tsumugi. My first kimono ensemble arrived yesterday – this black wool number from Yamatoku (a spur-of-the-moment 99 cent bid). The kimono is a classically unlined wool kimono, but has quite a high-end, cotton-lined collar with a press-stud (all my other wool kimono have sewn-down collars). The haori is lined with a pretty… 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 »

Falling in love with kimono again


After a long hiatus, I have fallen in love with kimono again. I have been buying kimono again after a long gap, and oh what a joy it is. The main reason has been the recession – for a couple of years, there simply hasn’t been the money to spend on things that I don’t actually need, however beautiful they… 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 »