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Blue and straw stripe Taisho Roman

This 1920s striped kimono is very elegant and subtle. This new kimono arrived yesterday from a favourite vendor, Kofudo. In ‘Taisho Roman’ style, it probably dates from the early 1920s, or possibly the early Showa era, but retaining Taisho style. It has the typical hallmarks of a Taisho piece that I find the most attractive: long sleeves and a whisper-thin… 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 »

Blue cotton hitoe with stylised flowers

When is a cotton hitoe not a yukata? The answer, really, is when it’s too heavy. The kimono I’m wearing in this picture is a modern kasuri cotton kimono, unlined. I can, and sometimes do, wear it as a yukata but the fabric is quite stiff and thick – though by no means as thick as the old-style handwoven kasuri,… 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 »

Grey omeshi townwear with urushi leaves

This was the first kimono I bought knowing it was omeshi, kicking off a long love affair with this fabric. I simply love this kimono. I love everything about it, from the rough omeshi crepe to the soft combination of grey and pink, to the glittery urushi thread of the leaves. It’s a 1950s kimono, and left to their own… Read more »

How to price a kimono

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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 »

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 »

Black meisen hitoe with green yabane

This black kimono is my first meisen hitoe. Hitoe are unlined kimono and they’re a comparative rarity in modern kimono because the majority of people who now have kimono made only ever have one or two, so they tend to have the high-end type of furisode/tomesode with linings. However, vintage hitoe kimonos are fairly readily available.  Nevertheless, searching for hitoe… Read more »

Pink meisen with cross hatching

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This meisen kimono has the most beautiful handle and lustre. This kimono arrived today, courtesy of Japanese Antiques, a new vendor for me. It’s always slightly nerve-wracking when you try out a new vendor. Japanese Antiques has some really beautiful items, usually starting at about $9.99, or even $4.99 for a haori, but they charge a little more than Ryujapan… Read more »