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Glorious Green Hikizuri Kimono on
  • An absolutely exquisite, green hikizuri kimono. Hikizuri are worn trailing and elegantly kicked round as the wearer turns in dance or as a bride. The padded hem makes it keep its shape while it trails
  • Lovely floral kumodori (breaks in the clouds) design, with gorgeous, long tailed birds. The design is enhanced here and there with wonderful, gold shusu, which is metallic thread made of foil on thin membrane or paper strips, which are wrapped around silk threads. These metallic threads cannot be stitched through the silk fabrics, so they are traditionally "couched": laid on the fabric surface and stitched down with fine silk threads. Often seen outlining designs on ornate kimono
  • A touch of padding along the very bottom of the hem, to make it hang well. This style of kimono is often allowed to trail as one walks. The red part of the lower lining is what touches the floor and it can be removed (it's hand stitched, as all such kimono are) and washed on its own, then put back on. It can also be worn shortened to length, just like any other kimono, rather than worn trailing
  • Fully lined with red lining in the sleeves and on the lower half of the body. Red is the Japanese colour of happiness. This kimono has a hiyoku lining - double lower lining, to give the impression of layers. The hiyoku is a bit creased but just needs ironed
  • May have shitsuke-ito stitching around the edge; shitsuke-ito is loose, temporary stitching that the Japanese put in to keep edges neat during storage, it just gets pulled out before wearing
  • **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





To judge fit on you...

Check height: Women can choose kimono that are longer than their height, as any excess material is then traditionally folded over at the waist (see below)

Check width: A kimono with a width that is at least 16” (40cm) greater than your hip size will fit perfectly, although if the width of the kimono is not at least 10” (25cm) greater than your hip size, your legs may be visible as you walk, there’s nothing wrong with that of course, but it’s not the traditional way

Sleeve length: 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

Adjusting the Length the traditional way

Pull up your kimono until the bottom reaches the correct length, then tie it in place round your waist with a ribbon or a koshi himo (kimono tie). Fold the excess material down over the tie. This fold-over is called ohashiori and is always present on women's kimonos. Fasten an obi or wide belt or sash around the waist, over the top of the folded over fabric, which usually shows below


Measurements aproximately:

Sleeve end to sleeve end 130 cm

Sleeve seam to sleeve seam 66 cm

Sleeve depth 108 cm

Length 180 cm

Weight approx. 1.7 kilo











Glorious Green Hikizuri Kimono

SKU: wk165
£123.00 Regular Price
£104.55Sale Price
  • Kimono require a sash to hold them closed. This is always bought separately. Men usually wear a kaku obi with their kimono or, casually at home, a soft heko obi

    Sizing: 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. Check length given for the garment, then measure from base of back of your neck down to judge that length on you
    Also 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

    Some of my garments have white stitching (shitsuke) round the outside edges to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment

    Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing kimonos. All cleaning is done entirely at your own risk, as is standard with all vintage garments and items. I would advise only dry cleaning

    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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