Featured Kimono

I arrived in Japan in 1984, fresh from two years traipsing outlying villages in China. I was curious about modern kimono, as I’d only seen precious antique examples in Western museums. As I sought guidance at the universities, I was repeatedly told that such a subject wasn’t worth researching. (Something which has changed greatly in this interim!) So I found myself in a country with exceptionally high literacy but not much available to read. I began by gathering samples & questioning everyone: retailers, older ladies, craftspeople. I owe so much so my generous translators, including one fellow retired from the forensic department of the police, who began each section with a look at fiber under the ‘scope.

When Lawrence Smith, then Keeper of the Japanese Department at the British Museum, came to visit, he supported this effort.

It was the beginning of my long fascination and years of study. The specifics of materials and techniques have widened to an interest in the movement of goods, the marketing of style trends, and the strong emotions binding the owner to the garment. I can’t help continuing to acquire and pass on the garments, with ever more backgrounds to the stories.

Here are just a few. If you have special interests, please get in touch.

Post-war haori

Item ID: 89JP064
Category: haori
Date: Post- war
Technique: kata yuzen
Material: silk rinzu
Height/Width (cm): 73, 122
Notes: sleeve is 52. gold touches. 76 cm repeat. cf sarasa zuan
Price: $1500
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Item ID: 09JP063
Category: haori
Date: Post- war
Technique: hand painted
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 75, 126
Notes: sleeve 55. woven lining. 1 embroidered mon. woven lining is special, includes some gold thread
Price: $1600
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Item ID: 09JP045
Category: haori
Date: 1960s/70s
Technique: kasuri
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 76, 128
Notes: several spots on back. very excellent quality silk
Price: $1800
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Item ID: 09JP200
Category: haori
Date: Post- war
Technique: meisen
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 80, 122
Notes: sleeve 57 cm
Price: $1300
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Item ID: 09JP088
Category: haori
Date: Post- war
Technique: hand yuzen
Material: silk rinzu
Height/Width (cm): 77, 128
Notes:
Price: $1500
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Item ID: 09JP041
Category: haori
Date: 1960s/70s
Technique: woven
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 74, 128
Notes: hand pianted over fancy weave with weft protrusions. tiny light spots lower back
Price: $2000
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Item ID: 09JP049
Category: haori
Date: 1960s/70s
Technique: kata yuzen, tegaki yuzen
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 67, 128
Notes: shapes of pattern are repeated (katayuzen?) but colors varied as painting was done by hand
Price: $1600
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Item ID: 85JP096
Category: haori
Date: Post- war
Technique: kata yuzen, tegaki yuzen
Material: silk rinzu
Height/Width (cm): 70, 121
Notes: hand painted repeat on heavy jacquard (fans)
Price: $1800
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Item ID: 09JP084
Category: haori
Date: Post- war
Technique: kasuri, weft
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 96 x 124
Notes: warp meisen; sleeve: 62 cm
Price: $1300
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Item ID: 09JP064
Category: haori
Date: Post- war
Technique: shibori
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 78, 132
Notes: sleeve 50 cm. several brown stains back of r sleeve. shibori design elements carefully mtched
Price: $2000
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Item ID: 08JP076
Category: haori
Date: 1960s/70s
Technique: hand yuzen
Material: silk rinzu
Height/Width (cm): 75, 128
Notes: hand dyed exactly over woven geo pattern. e spot on l front facing
Price: $1600
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Item ID: 08JP022
Category: haori
Date: Post- war
Technique: meisen
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 84 x 120
Notes: not well aligned at time of weaving
Price: $1300
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Patchwork nagajuban

Item ID: 08JP087
Category: nagajuban
Date: Taisho
Technique: stencil
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 124, 132
Notes: made of sample yardage of small 23 different 2 and 3 color prints. lined with white cotton
Price: $2000
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Item ID: 08JP038
Category: nagajuban
Date: Early Showa
Technique: warp kasuri
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 113, 120
Notes: v. heavy silk cloth, patchwork of samples
Price: $2100
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Item ID: 08JP091
Category: nagajuban
Date: Taisho
Technique: print
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 123 x 112
Notes: sample prints; frayed at hem; fabric fragile on front right sleeve
Price: $2000
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Item ID: 09JP048
Category: nagajuban
Date: Early Showa
Technique: print
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 128 x 124
Notes: sample print/ frayed at hem
Price: $20002
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Item ID: 09JP112
Category: nagajuban
Date: Early Showa
Technique: kasuri
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 146, 130
Notes: sleeve 53 cm. patched from extra heavy warp kasuri and warp stripes woven silk samples.
Price: $2500
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Item ID: 08JP089
Category: nagajuban
Date: Early Showa
Technique: print
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 124 x 122
Notes: sample prints
Price: $2000
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Item ID: 09JP081
Category: nagajuban
Date: Early Showa
Technique: stenciled print
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 122, 125
Notes: sample of tiny dark prints, monotones & 2 color. lg hole bottom back
Price: $1500
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Item ID: 08JP082
Category: nagajuban
Date: Taisho
Technique: kata yuzen
Material: wool muslin
Height/Width (cm): 117, 124
Notes: patchwork. insect damage. patterns on sleeves and collar may be older
Price: $1500
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Item ID: 88JP002
Category: nagajuban
Date: Taisho
Technique: print stencil
Material: silk rinzu
Height/Width (cm): 122, 122
Notes: constructed of sample pattern fabric, including "my dear" print. colors & patterns very "modern"
Price: $2500
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Item ID: 08JP074
Category: nagajuban
Date: Post- war
Technique: patchwork, print
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 126 x 130
Notes: sample prints, patches sewn together, unlined
Price: $1500
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Item ID: 18JP003
Category: nagajuban
Date: 1950s
Technique: stencil
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 128, 126
Notes: interesting set of prints, both colors and style. sample fabric used to line sleeves and for interior hem facing
Price: $2000
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Michiyuki

Item ID: 09JP004
Category: michiyuki
Date: Post- war
Technique: satin jacquard
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 119, 128
Notes: sleeve 47 cm, shortened by 9 cm. pocket and snaps. this is a raincoat.
Price: $600
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Item ID: 87JP119
Category: michiyuki
Date: Taisho
Technique: shibori
Material: silk, raw "gasu"
Height/Width (cm): 116, 125
Notes: few small spots, color in detail photo is accurate. sleeve= 66 cm.
Price: $1700
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Item ID: 09JP013
Category: michiyuki
Date: Post- war
Technique: woven
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 94, 130
Notes: sleeve 48. weave structure is very special. pocket in seam & snaps under fake button closing. label sewn in
Price: $1700
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Item ID: 14JP023
Category: michiyuki
Date: Early Showa
Technique: woven
Material: silk rinzu
Height/Width (cm): 87 x 128
Notes: woven pattern imitate kanoko shibori. origami print lining. pocket and buttons over snaps closing
Price: $CONTACT
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Item ID: 09JP036
Category: michiyuki
Date: Post- war
Technique: woven
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 83, 131
Notes: sleeve 52 cm. pocket & buttons. very complex weave
Price: $2200
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Item ID: 87JP059
Category: michiyuki
Date: Taisho
Technique: shibori
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 127, 120
Notes: pocket, fake buttons (closes w/ snaps.) unlined. ground cloth is lightly ribbed. sleeve is 60 cm. NB: curved hem
Price: $1700
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Item ID: 09JP043
Category: michiyuki
Date: Post- war
Technique: woven
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 124, 123
Notes: raincoat. pocket, buttons. fake center back seam. satin faced
Price: $600
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Item ID: 08JP037
Category: michiyuki
Date: Early Showa
Technique: weft kasuri
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 102, 126
Notes: sleeve 57 cm, pocket
Price: $1700
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Item ID: 09JP050
Category: michiyuki
Date: 1960s/70s
Technique: woven
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 121, 127
Notes: pocket, buttons. only inside facing is discolored
Price: $CONTACT
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Item ID: 89JP014
Category: michiyuki
Date: Early Showa
Technique: woven
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 116, 124
Notes: sleeve= 67 cm. fake buttons, lightly soiled. unusual neckline
Price: $1200
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Item ID: 89JP015
Category: michiyuki
Date: Post- war
Technique: woven texture
Material: silk
Height/Width (cm): 84, 124
Notes: pocket
Price: $1700
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Item ID: 08JP063
Category: michiyuki
Date: Post- war
Technique: woven
Material: wool, silk
Height/Width (cm): 91, 126
Notes: pocket. sleeve shortened 10 cm
Price: $2000
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Item ID: 09JP094
Category: michiyuki
Date: 1960s/70s
Technique: kata yuzen, tegaki yuzen
Material: silk satin
Height/Width (cm): 109, 128
Notes: and hand details (gold pigment, red to yellow ground). tiny holes; one snap missing
Price: $CONTACT
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