Within this kimono gallery we have arranged about a thousand select vintage and antique kimonos into four general price categories. During the Edo, Meiji and Taisho eras in Japan, there was no arbitrary division of art into fine arts and decorative arts, as is prevalent in Western art. Eminent artists were commissioned to design textiles and each work was an original creation.
A diagram of kimono by Japan-Zone. The kimono is a symetrical garment, unlike some western clothes, and the same terms apply to both the left and right sides of the kimono. The same terms still apply to informal yukata, except that yukata and some kimono lack doura and susomawashi parts of the lining, as described below.
Examples of different types of kimonos and other Japanese garments. Pattern only at the bottom, plus mon crests on the sleeves and shoulders, worn by married women at formal occasions. The more mon one, three or fivethe more formal the occasion it may be worn at.
Over time, the kimono has come to be a T-shaped wrapped garment with set sleeve lengths, variations and a set way of construction. The plural of kimono is kimono, as Japanese does not distinguish plural nouns, though the English plural kimonos is also used. Kimono are often worn for important public holidays and festivalsand for formal occasions such as weddings and funerals.
For thorough information on vintage kimono please see the links section of our site. In brief, vintage is defined differently by different people. For our use, used and recycled kimono from the 's or earlier are vintage.
K imono make absolutely stunning wall hangings. Many women's kimono are things of sheer beauty and look superb displayed on a wall. Men's haori jackets with highly decorative linings, men's and boys' jubans, children's ceremonial kimono and many nagajubans make equally striking but smaller displays than full sized women's kimono, if space is limited An obi is beautiful worn on a kimono but also makes an absolutely exquisite table runner, down the centre of a dining table, or placed down the centre of or across a bedspread. J apanese clothing is not only beautiful when worn, it is fabulous for interior design too, whether it's a kimono, haori or an obi If you wish to use a kimono as a display piece, you can use a long piece of thickish bamboo or a wooden pole, the thickness of a broom handle less likely to bow than a narrower onewith a string or cord loop attached to the centre to hang it from.