Vintage Japanese Kimono - 1

        From the collection of Marla Mallett


The elegant Japanese kimono on these pages are one-of-a-kind works of textile art that can either be displayed or worn. A range of decorative approaches is shown in these kimonos: intricate embroidery in satin stitch or metallic couching, delicate shaded hand painting, applied gold foil, elaborate brocading, and intricate ikat or tie dye. For an explanation of these techniques, go to Japanese Kimono Design Techniques. Styles range from austere geometrics or subtle floral motifs to bold, dramatic statements--from subtle elegance to festive exuberance.  To sum up, in our collections we have focused on hand-decorated textile expressions, rather than the ordinary machine-printed garments that dominate the market.

These kimono, uchikake, shiromuku, tomesode, furisode, hikizuri, haori, and obi date from the mid 1800s through the 1970s. All are in good condition, with no tears or damaged areas. Unlike new garments, however, lovely vintage kimonos may have tiny faint areas of minor discoloration -- a patina of age and use that is acceptable to most people who prefer beautiful early pieces. The overall condition is always reflected in the pricing. Although most of my kimono are pristine, if you demand perfect condition, you may be better advised to buy new or recent pieces and forgo antique and vintage kimono.  I have chosen the kimono on these pages carefully, but no sale is final until you have inspected the pieces sent to you and decide that they please you also.  

A NOTE ON SIZES:  If you are interested in wearing vintage kimono, garments measuring 48" across the shoulders/arms fit sizes 4-6-8-10, and those measuring at least 50" across fit sizes 8-10-12-14.  All are long, by western standards, as Japanese women pulled them up to the exact length required and held them in place with obi.  Westerners often wear them open or with sashes or chain belts, and bloused.  Haori--short jackets--were worn open. Uchikake-- wedding kimono--with their heavy padded hems, were also worn open, and trailing. 

Click on the inventory numbers below to see full views of the garments below and large close-up photos.  Then check out our selections of Japanese Haori  and Japanese Obi You may wish to go directly to our
Collector's Page. Assorted questions are answered in Kimono QuestionsFor other textile art go to our HOME page.

Japanese Furisode
1960s or early 1970s
Rinzu silk, with yuzen dyeing, gold
couching and gold surihaku

Japanese Kimono
1950s or 1960s.
Rinzu silk with yuzen dyeing, gold
couching and gold surihaku.

Japanese Furisode
1950s or 1960s.
Silk satin with metallic and
silk embroidery.

Japanese Tomesode
Early to mid-1980s.
silk crepe formal kimono
sumi-e painting and yuzen dyeing.

Japanese Uchikake
1950s or 1960s.
Rinzu silk wedding kimono with
gold and silk embroidery

Japanese Uchikake
1950s or 1960s.
Silk satin wedding kimono with
silver and gold embroidery

Japanese Shibori Kimono
Late 1930s.
Silk crepe with tie-die floral decoration.

Japanese Uchikake
Silk wedding kimono with gold
metallic and silk embroidery, painting,
and stenciled gold surihaku.

Japanese Kimono
Silk crepe with sumi-e drawing,
surihaku, and gold embroidery.

Sheer Japanese Irosode
Mid 1950s
Silk crepe formal hand-painted

Japanese Irosode
Late 1950s.
Chirimen silk crepe formal kimono
with yuzen dyeing and embroidery.

Japanese Kimono
Rinzu silk with yuzen dyeing
embroidery, and gold surihaku.

Japanese Tomesode
Circa 1925
Sheer ro silk with yuzen dyeing.

Japanese Tomesode
silk crepe with yuzen
dyeing and gold couching.


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