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KIMONOS

We offer a kimono section in our stores where you can find a wide variety of Japanese kimonos, haoris (the kimono overcoat) and other traditional clothes are full of old stories to tell. They all come straight from Kyoto.

You can give them a second life by using them as decoration... or by wearing them on yourself. You have the choice…
You can also undo and use them as complements such as panels, headrests...

The kimono is one of the most recognizable symbols of traditional Japanese culture.

Until about a century ago, it was a very popular garment among the Japanese population. Now it has become one of the icons of the country.

When we study the history and uses of the kimono, we discover a whole universe to explore. There are different types of kimono. There are some for women, men, children all of them have singularities with regard to the form, the length of the sleeves, the way to wear them, the reasons and the colors that vary according to the seasons or the occasion. All this gives these garments a meaning that goes beyond the simple aesthetic appearance.

How to purchase and wear a kimono?

In our online shop, we offer you an alternative to the physical stores of big cities like Madrid or Barcelona. From your home you can check out our vintage kimono and haori catalog, where there are detailed images and descriptions. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask them in our contact form...

We will be happy to be at your service!

Nevertheless, we will give you some interesting details about the kimonos. They will certainly help you when you choose yours:

  • Kimono is traditionally made from a single long piece of fabric (tanmono) cut into rectangles that are then sewn together. A Japanese average measurement is equivalent to 37cm x 12m. A geisha kimono, for example, can measure twice that size, up to 24m! The pattern is very simple. There are barely a few cuts for an adequate longitude and a folding of the original piece to get the neck. This simplicity makes it easy to adapt the kimono.
  • With the front part of the kimono always close the left side to the right. This is a very important feature... because otherwise we would adopt the tradition used for the kimono during the funeral rites, to dress a deceased person.
  • To attach the kimono, some belts or ribbons are used. The one for women is called Koshihimo. It is attached to the waist to tighten the bottom of the kimono so that it reaches the ankles. This leaves a visible crease that "divides" visually the kimono, as does a shirt or skirt. The belt keeps the kimono up by passing under the chest. In addition, it is covered with a strip of a more rigid fabric, usually made of brocade, called obi.
  • If you’re a man, you’ll have to tie the belt to your hips, not under the breasts, like women do.

Wearing kimono is an art in Japan. There is even a day devoted to the kimono, on May 29, when the "Gofuku no hi" is celebrated

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