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Shishi Lion & Mari Ball Kimono Shishi Lion & Mari Ball Kimono
Item code: wk408

Price: £184.00

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Womanís Vintage Japanese Kimono


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Description:
  • A magnificent, heavy, silk tomesode kimono, with embroidered shishi lion, mari ball and noshi design. Lots of gold in the lion. Shishi are protective lions. This design is hard to find

  • This is an especially high quality kimono that would have been vastly expensive. It is 1.7 kilos of pure silk

  • The Japanese take great pains to store their traditional garments with the utmost care, which is why they stay in such exceptional condition. Some of my Japanese garments have large, white stitching (shitsuke) round the edges. The Japanese put these stitches in to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment

  • **If shown with a sash, the sash is not included; for display purposes only, to let you see it closed, however, all kimono require an obi or some sort of sash to hold them closed; these are always bought separately. Think of it like a skirt and blouse, you can't wear either on its own, you buy them separately and mix and match

  • Note - The entire collar edge of a kimono is worn folded inwards, in half. If it has a double layer collar, each is layer folded in separately, so the folded edge of the inner collar shows slightly at the folded edge of the outer one, to look as though one is wearing layers of kimonos. Most collars need to be folded when the kimono is put on. Some have a press stud at the neck, to hold it in place, some are stitched already folded down. One usually wears an eri-shin (stiffener) inside the collar, to help it hold its shape when worn the traditional way, with the collar pulled down at the back of the neck. The younger the woman is, the lower the collar is worn at the back

Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only

Click here to see how to adjust kimono length the traditional way (the page opens in a new window, leaving this one open). There are many links to diagrams showing how to wear kimonos and how to tie obis and, at the bottom of that page, a picture of how to close and adjust the length of a womanís kimono

Condition:
Excellent Ė some foxing on the upper section of the lining. Foxing is a characteristic of some vintage silk, particularly fine lining silks. It does not weaken the fabric, just gives it a yellowish brown discolouration. Being inside, it does not show when on.

Measurements
Sleeve end to sleeve end 130cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam 65cm
Length 159cm
Weight approx 1.7 kilo

If shown modelled, the woman in the photos is 125 cm from wrist to wrist. The sash she is wearing with the kimono is not included, itís just to let you see it closed but kimonos do need an obi or wide sash to hold them closed.
Japanese clothing is usually of adjustable fit, being mostly wrap-over or tie-to-fit items, so most garments fit a range of sizes, length is adjusted the traditional way using a tie at the waist. Because of this (and only really knowing my own size anyway) I can't really advise anyone on the fit. Please judge from the measurements given

Photos:
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If shown with a sash, the sash is not included; for display purposes only









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Pretty examples of Japanese kimonos (not the one for sale in this listing) worn the traditional way




Below you can see the cost, in 2011, of renting a kimono (pick up one day, return the next) from Moonlight Kimono in Japan

You can see that renting a silk kimono starts at £384 for just one night's hire, with a £1268 deposit, and at £287 plus deposit for a synthetic textile one. Hiring a furisode kimono or an uchikake is so expensive that they don't even show the starting price on the site.

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Additional Information
One must bear in mind that most are vintage items, which I strive to describe accurately and honestly. Most are in excellent vintage condition and therefore look virtually new but all are vintage, even the unused garments. Only a few smell of mothballs or a touch of vintage mustiness but most do not. This can be aired out and can be speeded up by tumble drying the dry garment at warm, but it should be put in a pillowcase in the dryer. I have also had success at removing it by turning garments inside out and spraying very lightly with Oust, then letting them hang for a couple of days, but you do this at your own risk, as I canít guarantee it wonít damage some fabrics. I found Oust to be much better at it than Febreze, even though Febreze is intended for some fabrics and Oust is an air freshener. I usually mention any mothball or musty smell, if one does smell of it, but one must bear it in mind it is a possibility, even of not stated in the description, whenever buying vintage and antique textiles.
When it comes to colour, please be aware that all monitors display colour slightly differently, so colour in photos is purely a guideline, as I can't foresee how your monitor will display it. While I sometimes try to describe colour, a description often conjours up one colour to one person but may suggest a different shade to another, so, again, any colour description is just a guide to the colour.
Therefore I do not accept returns or exchanges due to any mothball/vintage smell or any flaws mentioned in the description. Be sure to read the description carefully. The fit can be judged by measurements given

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Japanese Haori Kimono Jackets - The Stylish, Japanese, Easy-Wear Option

Japan's Secret Treasure

A haori kimono jacket is an exquisite, easy to wear, traditional Japanese jacket that looks wonderful worn either casually with jeans or dressed up with evening wear. It's a long Japanese jacket, with deep, kimono style, swinging sleeves; always in lovely fabrics, often with lavish designs on the back. Men's haori have the sleeves attached most of the way down the body, like their kimonos do, and tend to be plainer on the outside than women's ones but men's often have exquisite designs on the lining. Haori kimono jackets, unlike kimonos, do not need a sash or obi; they are either worn open or loosely fastened at centre front with a himo tie but, although the Japanese don't wear them with a sash, they also look fabulous cinched in at the waist with a belt. Haori kimono jackets mix perfectly with western world style clothing, so are a great way of adding that touch of Japan to your wardrobe.

Haoris seem to be a well kept Japanese secret. We, over here in the West, all know about their lovely kimonos but few have ever even heard of haoris and it was long after I started my kimono collecting that I discovered these jackets that the Japanese sometimes wear on top of their kimonos.

I was focused only on kimonos, but eventually I bought a haori, just to see what it was like. From then on I was hooked. I love that I can now publicly wear something so clearly Japanese, very striking and so different from what I see other people wearing. I think of them as one of Japan's secret treasures.

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