- A velvet donpuu, traditionally worn over a kimono but also looks great worn with western world clothes
- Made and bought in Japan
Sleeve end to sleeve end 118cm
Shoulder to shoulder seam 58 cm
Sleeve depth 44cm
Length (known as mitake) 150cm
Velvet Donpuu Jacket
- Donpuu are long, traditional Japanese jackets, designed to be worn on top of kimonos
- 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 kimono for a few hours prior to wearing to remove fold creases. 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.
- Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing traditional Japanese garments. All cleaning is done entirely at your own risk, as is standard with all vintage garments and items. I would advise only dry cleaning for silk ones especially and even for most synthetic ones, cotton ones may be dry cleanable too. Select your dry cleaner carefully and take their advice before deciding if you want to try dry cleaning it. Some synthetic textile or cotton kimonos can be gently hand washed but the dyes can run even in some of those, so consider that before washing but, if you decide to wash, only cool hand wash very gently, do not rub, just gently squeeze the water through it a few times, do not wring, Use a detergent made for colours, not one for whites, as they contain bleaching agents. Do not machine wash, it can rip off the sleeves, but if you hand wash you can briefly machine spin it to remove excess water before hanging it to dry but do it on its own, separately from other items. All forms of cleaning are done at own risk. In Japan many kimonos, especially silk ones and any ceremonial ones, are cleaned by specialists in kimono cleaning, often by a special method called araihari, where they take it completely apart, clean the pieces, then sew it back together again.
- Colour: Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only.