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Shamisen on Striped Japanese Kimono
  • A charming, odori (traditional Japanese dancer's) kimono with navy and white stripes and lovely little shamisen. Shamisen are traditional, Japanese, 3 stringed instruments, favoured by musical geisha. To hear one played, in a contemporary way, visit my site's Links page and follow the link to a clip of one being played by a modern day master of the instrument
  • Synthetic textile. The Japanese excel at making synthetic textiles. This kimono has the advantage of being hand washable. Hand wash only, as it is hand tailored, like all quality kimonos, and a washing machine can rip off kimono sleeves. Use colour detergent and do not rub surface
  • Hitoe (unlined), to keep the dancer cooler
  • Made in and bought from Japan
  • 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. These are often a sign that the garment has never been used
  • **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


Condition:
Excellent

 

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:

Sleeve end to sleeve end 124 cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam 60 cm
Length 143 cm

 

 

 

wk707 - 11/6

Shamisen on Striped Japanese Kimono

SKU: wk95
£62.00 Regular Price
£49.60Sale 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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