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Care of Kimonos

Traditionally the kimono was taken apart and washed and then re-sewn. Another common practice is to simply brush the kimono down in the direction of the weave, and air out any dust before refolding the kimono and storing it in rice paper. The collar and sleeve ends can be lightly tapped with gauze soaked in benzene to remove stains. Today, kimonos are either dry cleaned or can be machine washed depending on the fabric and washing instructions. For your Lovekimono garment we recommend that...

Posted On: 03/12/2010

Kimono Fashion

The Kimono was once a common sight on the streets of pre war Japan however today, they are traditionally and almost exclusively worn on two occasions, on your wedding day and on a young woman’s 19th birthday as part of the coming of age celebration. Department stores still sell kimonos, often these kimonos are generic multipurpose robes but the art of kimono design and manufacture also still exists, combining traditional skills and decorative techniques. The practice of wearing the kimo...

Posted On: 03/01/2011

Manufacture & Fabrics

The kimono takes its form only when worn, and is thus created by the individual. As thetraditional kimono is a standard size, it is a more versatile garment than most, accommodating all sizes. The date in which a kimono was made  can be identified by it’s pattern and colours. Kimono fabric is sold by the bolt, traditionally 36cm wide and 11 metres long. Today, the fabric is woven as wide as 42cm to accommodate a larger contemporary society. The fabric is cut into seven panels, two ...

Posted On: 07/02/2011

The History of the Kimono

The word Kimono simply means clothes, and was once widely worn throughout Japan. Despite the kimono being saved for special occasions now, it is still an iconic contribution to the world of fashion. In the 5th century, Japanese dress was heavily influenced by traditional Han Chinese clothing and by the 8th century Chinese fashion began to influence Japanese style even more with the overlapping collar and, in 718, the Japanese ordered robes to be wrapped left side over right in keeping...

Posted On: 07/02/2011

Decoration & Symbolism

The Japanese are traditionally very appreciative of the beauty of nature and this is clearly reflected in their kimono designs and colours. For Spring, kimonos are often brightly coloured with butterflies and cherry blossom as a traditional design. Designs with water such as waves or fish should be worn in Summer. The Japanese red maple leaf is a popular design for the Autumn and plum blossoms, bamboo and pine trees are classic Winter patterns as they symbolise renewal and longevity. Snow is ...

Posted On: 31/03/2011