Archive for July 2014

How to care for a silk kimono

Crane Swirl Royal silk kimono

These tips apply to modern silk kimonos rather than vintage kimonos.

Ironing and crease removal:

• Iron with no steam, at a low temperature (silk, cool or delicate setting). Iron the garment inside out; to be safer, use a pressing cloth 

• Beware of steam irons: drops of water will stain the silk fabric

• Crease removal, bathroom steam method: place the kimono on a plastic hanger and suspend in the bathroom; run a hot shower for several minutes, turn off the shower, keep the door closed and allow the humidity to smooth out the creases

• Crease removal, garment steamer method: place the kimono on a hanger and use a mechanical garment steamer to go over the creases lightly; do not allow the steamer head to touch the silk; follow the manufacturer's instructions


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Tags: japanese kimono | crane swirl silk kimono | silk kimono | dry clean | hand wash | iron | clean

Netsuke carvings: kimono accessories, miniature masterpieces

netsuke in kimono sash

Japanese men used to hang personal items such as money pouches and tobacco from their kimono sash by means of a silk cord. A small toggle attached to the top of the cord prevented it from slipping through the sash. These toggles - 'netsuke' - began life with a practical purpose, but were soon developed by craftsmen into miniature masterpieces and highly fashionable items.

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A bicycle made for kimono

A bicycle has been developed in Japan specifically for kimono wearers.

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Tags: japanese kimono | kimono bike | Kyoto

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