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Kimono gallery part two – komons

Everyday kimono make up the vast majority of my collection. Here are the komons – printed, painted and shibori’ed. Non-formal kimono are in their turn divided into ‘woven things’ (less formal) and ‘painted things’ (more formal). Komons – simple, printed silk kimono – are classed as ‘painted things’ and are the next step down from formal (haregi) kimono. They are… 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 »

Floral print Rinzu michiyuki

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A michiyuki is a double-breasted coat worn over a kimono. Michiyuki means ‘goes over everything’. Since at this time I was aiming in my collection to have an example of every type of kimono, I bought this one, attracted by its busy floral print of stylised chrysanthemums and its gorgeous water-colour dyed lining. However, I wasn’t sure the shape would… Read more »

Pink Rinzu kimono with shibori flowers

This Rinzu kimono has two types of shibori and a background fabric dyed in bokashi technique. I was feeling rather disillusioned by my recent failture with kimono number 5, but my next kimono was a resounding success. This pink Rinzu kimono uses three separate techniques – Bokashi watercolour dyeing to give the background silk a shimmer, plus kanoko shibori and… 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 »