Old Kimonos - Meiji, Taishō & Shōwa Period


Old Kimonos

We selling Vintage Kimonos from the Meiji, Taishō & Shōwa period. 

Welcome to our 
Vintage Kimono
Online Store...

Even years before Shizuka and I moved to Japan, we started collecting vintage kimonos. We got the fever…we used to double check every second-hand shop in town, our holiday trips were visiting flea markets in Japan, always with the hope to find some awesome vintage kimonos. First, it was only the Shōwa period which interested us, but then, who could resist, Meiji and Taishō. By the time our closets quilled over, as well every other available storage room at our place got jammed with our beautiful treasures. Though finally, we consider selling some of it and win space back in our closets. 
      These are the last “every day” in Japan used kimonos. The woman worn them to go shopping, cooking, killing stupid husbands, etc…to do it all all day long in these comfortable classics.
      Before the western clothing “culture” took over, those were the real kimonos, nothing fancy! So enjoy some true witnesses of the older Japan. My wife and I wear it sometimes casual as also to certain official occasions…and of course, nothing is more comfortable than a light cotton yukata in the summertime.

The Kimono

The kimono (着物, きもの) is a traditional Japanese garment. The word "kimono", which actually means a "thing to wear" (ki "wear" and mono "thing"), has come to denote these full-length robes. The standard plural of the word kimono in English is kimonos, but the unmarked Japanese plural kimono is also used. The kimono is always worn for important festivals or formal occasions. It is a formal style of clothing associated with politeness and good manners.
      Kimono have T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial) and are secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear (especially zōri or geta) and split-toe socks (tabi).

Kimono Styles

Furisode (振袖) literally translates as swinging sleeves—the sleeves of furisode average between 39 and 42 inches (110 cm) in length.

Hōmongi (訪問着) literally translates as visiting wear. Characterized by patterns that flow over the shoulders, seams and sleeves, hōmongi rank slightly higher than their close relative, the tsukesage. 

Pongee Hōmongi were made to promote kimono after WWII. Since Pongee Hōmongi are made from Pongee, they are considered casual wear.

Iromuji (色無地) are colored kimono that may be worn by married and unmarried women.It comes from the word "muji" which means plain or solid and "iro" which means color.

Komon (小紋) means "fine pattern". The term refers to kimono with a small, repeated pattern throughout the garment.

Edo komon (江戸小紋) is a type of komon characterized by tiny dots arranged in dense patterns that form larger designs. The Edo komon dyeing technique originated with the samurai class during the Edo period.
Mofuku is formal mourning dress for men or women. Both men and women wear kimono of plain black silk with five kamon over white undergarments and white tabi.

Irotomesode (色留袖) are single-color kimono, patterned only below the waistline. 

Kurotomesode (黒留袖) is a black kimono patterned only below the waistline.

Tsukesage (付け下げ) has more modest patterns that cover a smaller area—mainly below the waist—than the more formal hōmongi.

Uchikake (打掛) is a highly formal kimono worn only by a bride or at a stage performance. The susohiki is usually worn by geisha or by stage performers of the traditional Japanese dance.

Jūnihitoe (十二単) is an extremely elegant and highly complex kimono that was only worn by Japanese court-ladies. Only the Imperial Household still officially uses them at some important functions.

Men's kimono
In contrast to women's kimono, men's kimono outfits are far simpler,
typically consisting of five pieces, not including footwear.


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