Archive for August 2014

Introducing our bridesmaid kimono collection

Four bridesmaid kimono robes in pink and lilac, seated

We are delighted to announce our new collection of bridesmaid kimonos: the perfect gift for your bridesmaids to wear while they prepare their hair and make-up on your special day, and a wonderful keepsake to remind them of your wedding in years to come.

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Tags: bridesmaid kimono | japanese kimono | cotton kimono | gift | wedding | honeymoon | flower bird

Old kimonos give hope in Africa and Asia

vintage kimono dressmaking workshop

'Reborn Kyoto', a Non-Governmental Organisation in Japan's former capital, is giving new life to vintage Japanese kimonos and at the same time nurturing the economic independence of young women in developing countries. Volunteers at the NGO unthread about 1,000 donated silk kimonos every year and run workshops in Africa and Southeast Asia to teach dressmaking skills to young people.

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Tags: japanese kimono | silk kimono | vintage | kyoto

Ancestral spirits visit living relatives in annual Obon Festival

Japanese Bon Dance or Bon Odori

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 traditional folk dance - the 'Bon Odori' or Bon Dance - is performed in welcome, but this is a joyful rather than solemn occasion.

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Tags: obon | bon odori | festival | Tokyo | yukata | summer kimono | video | traditional

Critics rave about red kimono in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Gillian Anderson in red silk kimono

A red Japanese kimono is the star of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' at the Young Vic, supported by actress Gillian Anderson. A gorgeous shade of red, and featuring beautiful white cranes, it dominates the stage with its silky, seductive performance. This stunning silk kimono design is available for purchase at The Kimono Company.

The critics have raved:

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Tags: japanese kimono | red kimono | crane swirl silk kimono | silk kimono | crane | symbol |

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