Favorites and Recommendations
by Liza Dalby
An excellent book covering kimono past and present. The author covers not only "familiar" - i.e., formal -
kimono, but also work clothes, folk clothing, and the modest beauty of stripes and ikat. Illustrations
throughout the book are well annotated and informative. A must for those who want to know more about
Book of Kimono: The Complete Guide to Style and Wear
Although this is a good addition to anyone's kimono library, the title is somewhat misleading - it is
not a "complete guide". You can find much more detailed instructions on how to wear kimono in the following
Japanese-language kitsuke books.
Series: Kitsuke to Obi Musubi
Beginner's book with directions for several types of kimono - directions are not as clear or as varied
as the first two Japanese (JP) books listed.
Musubi: Best Select 50
A selection of 50 different obi musubi for all kimono types and occasions. Very nice addition to your kitsuke
of Japanese Embroidery
Not about kimono, but one of the techniques used for them. An extra for kimono lovers who have fallen under the
charm of Japanese embroidery and would like to learn more about it.
In addition to kimono, also sells several accessories. I particularly like the obijime, obiage and
Thank you to all the above sellers for the use of certain item images.
Has a lovely gallery of old photos and some nice kimono wallpapers for your computer, among other things.
Both sites host a wealth of information and images, and are highly
recommended. Immortal Geisha has videos, book reviews and beauty articles, among other things!