Vintage & Antique Japanese Kimonos & Collectables

Flower Trail Black Haori Flower Trail Black Haori
Item code: wh484

Price: £142.00

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Womenís Vintage Japanese Haori Jacket

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  • A silk haori haori, with striking flowers. (sash in photos not included)

  • Shown, below, on a UK size 10, 155cm tall

  • Has shitsuke (large, loose, white stitches) around the edges. The Japanese put these in to keep the edges neat during storage; they just get pulled out before wearing

  • Made and bought in Japan

  • You can wear lined haoris inside out, as they are so exquisitely made that all the seams are hidden both inside and out, and this lining would look fabulous worn on the outside. You can see an example of a haori worn inside out in the photographs below this haoriís pictures, further down this page and on my blog here

  • More photos below

  • Haori kimono jacket

  • Awashe (lined)

  • Silk


Sleeve end to sleeve end 126cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam (yuki) 62cm
Length 79cm
Weight 0.8 kilo

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. You can get a rough idea of the length and size, as most haori are roughly the same size, from the photos further down this page, below this haoriís photos, where you can see some modelled by a UK size 10 woman who is 155cm (5í 1Ē) tall and about 125 cm from wrist to wrist.

Haori Information:
  • Haori: Haori are designed to be worn on top of kimonos but also look great with western world style clothing, over casual jeans, with smart trousers or dressed up with a skirt or dress

  • Fastening: Haori do not overlap at the front and are not worn with an obi/sash. Haori can be worn without fastening but, if you want a fastener, they have little loops at the inner edge of the fronts, to which a himo (front ties) are attached. Himo are usually bought separately, though some of my haori already have them attached. Tying instructions can be found on my Kimono Info pages

  • Haori also look really good cinched in at the waist with a belt and they are usually so beautifully made that, in the lined ones, the seams are all concealed, so you can turn it inside out and wear it that way, with the top half of the body showing the beautiful lining fabric and the bottom half of the body and the edge of the sleeves showing the same fabric as the outside. Being effectively reversible, it's like having two different jackets in one.

  • Storage: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Uses: Haori can, of course, be worn but also make a wonderful display items and require less space to display than a kimono. Many of them have lovely linings and they usually have hidden seams on the inside, so can be worn or displayed inside out too

  • Length: Haori are long jackets, most are from upper thigh to just below mid thigh length. Check length above then measure from base of back of your neck down to judge length on you

  • Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing traditional Japanese garments. I would advise only dry cleaning for silk ones and for most synthetic ones and any crepe or shibori fabrics. 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

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

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Below you can see examples of Japanese haoris (not the one for sale in this listing), some worn open and some with a belt added. The model, without heels, is 155cm tall.

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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 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.

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