How to fold a kimono

How to fold a kimono

It is not difficult to fold a kimono once you have learnt a few simple steps. We include a step-by-step diagram below, followed by an excellent video in which a Japanese lady demonstrates the technique slowly and clearly. You definitely do not need to understand what...

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Silk cultivation: from moth to kimono

Silk cultivation: from moth to kimono

"With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown". An elegant Chinese proverb, though in practice with a few tons of mulberry leaves, a large number of silkworms and the right conditions, a kimono's worth of raw silk can be produced in a couple of months....

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Obon Festival honours ancestral spirits

Obon Festival honours ancestral spirits

Obon is an annual Japanese festival to honour ancestors. In the belief that the spirits of the dead return every year to visit their relatives, people tidy up family graves, clean house, hang up lanterns and set out food offerings to welcome their ancestors. A...

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Mud-dyed silk makes highly prized kimonos

Mud-dyed silk makes highly prized kimonos

On a small island in southern Japan, a centuries-old method of dyeing kimono silk is still practised, and the essential ingredient is - mud. The silk is first stained 30 times with dye from the pulp of local plum trees, but only then is it ready to be submerged...

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Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide

Why buy a kimono as a Christmas gift? Stylish and original designs for men and women Easy to put on and tie, just like a dressing gown Choice of beautiful fabrics Imported from Japan One size: women up to UK 18, men up to 50ins chest Why buy a Victorian-style...

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Kimono bike: a bicycle made for kimono

Kimono bike: a bicycle made for kimono

The kimono bike, specially designed with a low frame, has been developed in Japan to accommodate cyclists wearing a kimono. A Kyoto-based company markets its Koto LX-20 bike to ladies in kimonos: its ultra-low frame allows the rider to mount and dismount easily, while...

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