Vintage Japanese Kimono - 1

        From the collection of Marla Mallett

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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 late 1800s through the 1970s. All are in good condition--pristine--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.  I have chosen the garments on these pages carefully, but no sale is final until you have inspected the pieces sent to you and you 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 2-4-6-8-10, and those measuring at least 50" across fit sizes 2-4-6-8-10-12-14.  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 Kimono
1950s.
Silk crepe with sumi-e drawing,
surihaku, and gold embroidery.
K-8845



Japanese Kimono
1940s.
Silk faille with brocaded motif.
K-8599


Japanese Furisode
Early 1940s.
Rinzu silk, with floral motif.

K-8590


Japanese Tomesode
Circa 1920
Chirimen silk crepe with hand
painted and yuzen-dyed landscape

K-7801


Japanese Kimono
1970s or 1980s.
Silk with stencil-style floral design.
K-9175


Japanese Uchikake
1960s.
Silk wedding kimono with gold
metallic and silk embroidery, painting,
and stenciled gold surihaku.
K-9262


Japanese Irosode
Late 1950s.
Chirimen silk crepe formal kimono
with yuzen dyeing and embroidery.
K-8804


Japanese Kasuri Kimono
Late 1930s or early 1940s.
Silk kimono with double ikat design.
K-5302


Japanese Kimono
1980s.
Chirimen silk crepe woman's kimono
with yuzen dyeing.

K-7724


Japanese Tomesode
1950s.
Chirimen silk crepe formal kimono
with yuzen dyeing, surihaku, and gold
couching.

K-7782


Japanese Kimono
1940s or early 1950s.
Chirimen silk crepe with yuzen
dyeing and gold couching.
K-9897


Japanese Tomesode
1950s.
Chirimen
silk crepe with yuzen
dyeing and gold couching.
K-9390


Geisha's Combs and Hair Ornaments
Japan.  Meiji Period
Tortoise shell, with lacquered, inlaid, coral and filigree ornamentation.
K-4400

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Atlanta GA  30306   USA

Phone:  404-872-3356
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