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Kimono are organized from formal to least formal. Clicking on a photo will take you to a page with more
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Yuzen and sticked flowers hikifurisode
Hikifurisode is a type of furisode worn by brides after the wedding ceremony proper. They're longer than typical furisode, with a
padded lower hem that can act as a train or be worn up like a typical furisode. This hikifurisode has quite a story
Formal black double-lined tomesode with yuzen dyed and gold-couched motifs of instruments used in Japanese royal
court music (gagaku) and Heian ladies' fans (akomeougi).
Houmongi and Tsukesage
Kurotomesode with yuzen royal carriage wheels being washed in a stream (katawaguruma
embroidered braided cords and gold couching. My first kimono, which I sewed together myself.
Kiku karakusa tsukesage-houmongi
A tsukesage-houmongi is midway between a tsukesage and a houmongi in formality; characterized by designs that face upwards
and flow over the seams uninterrupted (ebamoyou)
, but which don't go over the shoulders or cover as much area as on
true houmongi. This kimono is dyed with kiku karakusa
(chrysanthemum arabesque) motifs on ferns.
Kiku embroidery tsukesage
This tsukesage covered with autumn motifs is of a more modest design, using both yuzen dyeing techniques and embroidery.
Poem rafts Edo komon
Another beautiful Edo komon in a favorite color, with chrysanthemums sprinkled on poem rafts. As it doesn't have a crest, it is
less formal than the plum blossoms Edo komon. Although technically komon, Edo komon are more formal than their komon relatives
with larger patterns (for instance, the komon listed below).
Kiku tsukesage komon
"Tsukesage komon" are kimono with small all-over designs ("komon") that all face upward, and are slightly more formal than regular
komon. This kimono has small chrysanthemums standing on their stalks sprinkled throughout, with denser designs at the hem and
Autumn karakusa komon
Karabana are imaginary flowers, here depicted with karakusa
(scrolling vine, literally "Chinese grass").
This is a yuzen-dyed komon with embroidery-type woven highlights.
An everyday omeshi (heavy silk weave) kimono with tatewaku (rising steam) motif.
Mokume shibori hitoe
Unlined (hitoe) summer kimono with a kikyou
- Chinese bellflower - motif done in kanoko shibori
on a ground of very
Tsumugi and Meisen
A summer kimono, unlined (hitoe), with large omeshi wisteria (fuji) motif.
Tsumugi is made from hand-twisted filaments of hatched silkworm cocoons, and is stronger and thicker than "finer" silks. It's
characterized by nubs in the weave, which can be seen clearly herein.
Woven stripes kimono
An every day kimono in rough silk crepe - most likely omeshi - with stripes containing unique motifs.
This kasuri-weave meisen kimono was well taken care of by its previous owner: patched in several spots and relined with soft,
warm muslin. Be advised: this kimono packs quite the "colorful" surprise!
Aizome shibori yukata
Haori and Michiyuki
is a traditional Japanese dyeing method which uses
natural indigo dyes. Shibori is Japanese tie-dye, here done by tightly sewing each white, red, aqua and dark blue area in order
to reserve, and later create, a pattern. Incredible hand work for another "simple" design.
Woven checks haori
I saw this haori and it was love at first sight. Everyone has different tastes, so others are free to disagree, but I think this
is one of the coolest (informal) haoris I've ever seen. The colors, the checks, the ties...
Vintage ume (plums) haori
A piece dating from WWII, with characteristic longer sleeves and overall length. Dyed with plum blossoms and branches, and
covered with fake (dyed) kanoko shibori
last update: 23 March 2004