Vintage & Antique Japanese Kimonos & Collectables

***Butterflies and Plum Blossom on Red ***Butterflies and Plum Blossom on Red
Item code: wk1037

Price: £46.00

Available: 0

UK: £4.35
Europe: £11.95
Rest of World: £14.95
Delivery OUTSIDE UK: buyer MUST also
purchase Mail Insurance
from the site's Mail Insurance section


Full postage & insurance
details on Postage Page


Google +1

Vintage Japanese Kimono

Select your world region on the Shopping Cart page. Mail/shipping insurance is REQUIRED FOR ALL ADDRESSES OUTSIDE UK and can be purchased on the Mail Insurance page. One insurance fee per package, with a maximum weight of 2 kilos. Note* Item's price does not include shipping or insurance. Insurance fee payment is optional only for UK addresses and is required for each package sent to addresses outside the UK. See Postage section of site.

  • Photos below.

  • OUTSIDE UK - all customers from outside the UK must purchase Mail Insurance (purchase one Mail Insurance for each package - a package can contain more than one purchased item, package maximum weight is 2 kilos).

  • A beautiful red kimono. The exterior is a very good quality synthetic textile and it has some gold metallic print on some of the pattern. Fully lined. There is a beautiful pattern of flowers, clouds and good fortune wheels in the weave of the textile and a colourful pattern of big butterflies and plum blossom, with gold embellishment. In some photos the white plum blossom just looks plain white but it actually has gold stamen detailing, the camera flash just over-lit it so it doesn't show well.

  • Lovely worn but also a very good size for display. Belt NOT included - for display purposes only.

  • In the photos it is worn by a woman 5"1"/155cm tall (note she is wearing platform shoes which affect how length looks), bust 34" (34C UK bra size), waist 26.5", hips 36.5", she wears UK10 mostly, sometimes UK8 (for 8's narrower shoulders). On someone taller it would, of course, be shorter.

  • This is a Shichi-Go-San kimono. The kimono is actually a girl's kimono but all Japanese girls and boys always wear their kimonos with very big tucks loosely tacked into the shoulders and waist, greatly narrowing the shoulders and shortening the kimonos, therefore, without those tucks, many, like this one, are big enough for a slim adult to wear.

  • May have white shitsuke (basting stitches) around some edges, on the outside of the garment. These are simply to keep it neat during storage and just get pulled out before use

  • Made and bought in Japan

  • More photos below

  • This is a Shichi-Go-San kimono. The kimono is actually a girl's kimono but all Japanese girls and boys always wear their kimonos with very big tucks loosely tacked into the shoulders and waist, greatly narrowing the shoulders and shortening the kimonos, therefore, without those tucks, many, like this one, are big enough for a slim adult to wear.

  • Synthetic fabric

  • Awashe (lined)

Extremely good – It has some very tiny dots on it. These may wash out but I really don't know if they will, they may not - see last 3 photos.

Length 53.5"/136cm
Centre back to sleeve edge 19.7"/50cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam 19.7"/50cm
Sleeve depth 28.7"/73cm (You might call the sleeve seam, the shoulder seam but kimonos usually have the sleeve seam sightly down the arm, so I call it sleeve seam rather than shoulder seam).
Being wrap-over, size is somewhat variable.
In the photos it is worn by a woman 5"1"/155cm tall (note she is wearing platform shoes which affect how length looks), bust 34" (34C UK bra size), waist 26.5", hips 36.5", she wears UK10 mostly, sometimes UK8 (for 8's narrower shoulders). On someone taller it would, of course, be shorter.

Japanese clothing is usually of adjustable fit, being mostly wrap-over or tie-to-fit items, so most garments fit a range of sizes. Because of this (and only really knowing my own size anyway) I can't really advise anyone on the fit. Please judge fit from the measurements given. Measure from centre back of neck, along shoulder and down the arm to the wrist, then double that and compare it with the sleeve end measurement to judge sleeve length. If shown modelled, the woman in the photos is 125 cm from wrist to wrist.

General Kimono Information below photos

Click each small image below to see an enlargement, which opens in a new window, leaving this one open

If shown modelled, the belt she is wearing with the kimono is not included, it’s just to let you see it closed but kimonos do need an obi or wide sash to hold them closed.


Pretty examples of Japanese kimonos, including jyusan-mairi kimonos (the teenager's first furisode kimonos), showing how, on an adult woman, the sleeves are further up from the wrists and the kimonos are shorter than standard, adult women's ones. The woman in the photo is UK size 8-10, 125 cm from wrist to wrist and 155cm tall.

Below shows a way to display a girls’ or small women’s kimono, with a simply made, wooden stand

Kimono Information:
  • Fastening: **If shown with a sash, the sash is not included; for display purposes only, to let you see it closed, however, all kimonos 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

  • Storage:
  • Hang up your garment for a few hours prior to wearing, to remove fold creases.

  • They should also be hung out to air 4 times per year, if not worn frequently. Hang your garment to air for a day or so immediately after purchase too, as it will have been stored for a while.

  • 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 white stitching (shitsuke) round the outside 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

  • Cedarwood or lavender essential oil keeps moths away, don't get it on the fabric, apply near it, on the box, wrapper, drawer etc or on a tissue nearby.

  • Kimono Collars: Note - Kimono collars are worn folded inwards, in half. Most need folded when put on, some have a press stud at the neck, some are stitched already folded down. The Japanese put an eri-shin (collar stiffener) in the fold

  • Kimono Fronts: Kimonos are worn with left front on top of right, by both men and women. The Japanese use the phrase phrase, ‘left over rice’, to remember this

  • Length: all kimonos are traditionally shortened by wearing them with a tie round the waist and a big section of kimono pulled over it and folded down, so the fold shows below the sash. If you don’t want to do that each time you put it on and it is too long without it, you can either stitch that fold permanently in place at the waist or you can just take up a hem . Taking up the hem on a kimono is very easy; you don’t have to cut it so there is no raw edge to fold in when sewing it. Just put it on and put on a sash to hold it closed and work out the length you want and pin the hem up with just a couple of pins at the front while you have it on, then take it off , lay it flat on the floor and pin the same amount up all the way along the hem. It can then be quickly stitched with fairly big stitches, which won’t show when the kimono is on. The stitches I did on my own hemmed kimonos are about an inch apart, so it doesn’t take long to do. I hand sew mine but you could machine sew it if you don’t mind stitches showing on the outside. Click here to see how to adjust kimono length the traditional way (the page opens in a new window, leaving this page open).

  • Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing kimonos. I would advise only dry cleaning for silk ones and for most synthetic ones. Some synthetic or cotton kimonos can be gently hand washed but the dyes can run even in some of those, so consider that before washing. Do not machine wash, it can rip off the sleeves

  • Uses: Kimonos can, of course, be worn but also make wonderful display items. If short of space for displaying one, consider a child’s kimono or a haori which are just as striking and beautiful but require less space

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

Currency conversion by will allow you to check prices in all currencies; please note, the conversion will be approximate, as it depends on what exchange rate Paypal is offering at the time of purchase, but it provides a very good guide. Just type in the price on the page, select from GBP United Kingdom Pounds in the first box and your currency in the other box, then click Go. Payments to be made in UK GBP (£); select UK GBP in Paypal when making a payment

NOTE* Postage prices are without additional, optional insurance, which can be purchased separately on the Postal Insurance pages. When you have finished selecting your purchases just choose the insurance cover for your country, that matches the total (purchase + postage) in your shopping basket. Insurance is optional but please note, no refund can be given if an item is lost in the post without insurance cover taken out. All UK destination mail is automatically covered up to a maximum of £34 per parcel.
(See postage page for full details - links in the left side page menu)

Additional Information
One must bear in mind that most are vintage items, which I strive to describe accurately and honestly. A very few smell of mothballs or a touch of vintage mustiness, most do not. This can be aired out and this can be speeded up by tumble drying the dry garment at warm. I usually mention it in the listing if one does but one must bear it in mind as a possibility when buying vintage and antique items.
Please be aware that different 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 try to describe colour sometimes, a description often conjures up one colour to one person but may suggest a different colour to another, so, again, colour description is just a guide to colour.

Back to top

Payment by Credt Card, Debit Card or PayPal balance is carried out when the shopping cart transfers you to PayPal after you fill in your delivery details and click Confirm Order

One Postal Insurance Fee Required For Each Overseas Package
*Purchase Insurance Fee separately*
Max weight for each overseas package is 2 Kilo

Insurance is only optional for UK addresses - uninsured is covered up to no more than £36 .


wafuku - noun: traditional Japanese clothing

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 wear something so clearly Japanese with my everyday type clothing, something that's very striking and so different from what I see other people wearing. I think of them as one of Japan's secret treasures.

* Visit the
Women's Haori section of my site*

* Visit the
Men's Haori section of my site*

* See lots of versatile haori being modelled, on my Featured Blog Page:
Haoris Galore - stylish haori kimono jackets being modelled *

A-Z Index of Pages

Also see my Wafuku Blog

Shopping Cart Is Empty

© 2019 C Oldham - Wafuku -

Also see my Wafuku Blog

A wide selection of women's kimono, men's kimono, geisha kimono, children's kimono, haori kimono jackets, furisode, tsugesake, homongi, tomesode, michiyuki, hanjuban, hadajuban, date jime, hanhaba obi, fukuro obi, nagoya obi, heko obi, kaku obi, obiage, obijime, shigoki, makura, obi ita, obidome, han eri, tsuke pre-tied obi, kimono accessories, shungaa Japanese erotic art, sumo items, sake items, hakama, hikizuri, uchikake, kakeshita, kataginu, kamishimo, geta, zori, kazanshi, kougai, tatou shi, fans, Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, Byobou, netsuke, susohiki, hanten, yukata, hanjuban, kaku, heko, Buddhist & Shinto items, Japanese art, Japanese textiles, kokeshi, hina, hime, ronin & other dolls, tabi, fukusa, furoshiki, Japanese woodblock prints, scrolls, uchishiki, Buddhist kesa, Buddhist monk's Houe, noren, sumie, himo, jinbei, samue, kinran fabrics, Hokusai's Great Wave textile art, etc. plus pages of kimono information and a glossary of Japanese terms. A mix of Japanese clothing ideal for interior home display, lounging, cosplay as well as everyday wear. The place for genuine Japanese kimonos