Vintage Kimono

The vintage kimono information on these pages are inspired by Japanese culture, traditions, and the true spirit of Japan. Kimono, although not as prominent in Japan today are still among the most elegant and elaborate of national costumes. The vintage kimono in our Kimono Gallery illustrates and helps preserve the vanishing tradition of the kimono and its role in Japanese culture.

The vintage kimono illustrated in our Kimono Gallery have endured centuries dating from the Edo period (1603-1863) through the Meiji period (1868-1912), Taisho period (1912-1926) up to the Showa period (1926-1989). These Japanese kimono are more than traditional articles of clothing; they represent the beautiful patterns, designs and traits as the expression of these Japanese periods. Every vintage kimono piece displayed here has been hand selected and are one-of-a-kind Japanese textilefine art representing the Japanese culture, art and history.

All styles of kimono and obis listed below are represented on East West Kimono Gallery from the most formal to casual.

  • Kuro Tomesode is the most formal Japanese kimono for a married woman. Usually a black 5 crested kimono with a pattern only below the waistline. The sleeves of the Kuro Tomesode kimono are shorter and the opening smaller than the longer sleeved furisode.
  • Uchikake is also known as the Japanese bridal kimono or wedding kimono.

  • Shiromuku is a Japanese bridal kimono which is entirely white except for the inner lining and the pine or chrysanthemum designs.

  • Furisode are the most formal Japanese kimono for unmarried woman. The sleeves of the furisode Kimono are long and swinging.

  • Homongi are formal Japanese kimono worn by both married and unmarried woman when visiting.
  • Haori is a hip-length jacket of kimono worn by men only until the end of the Meiji period. Since the Meiji period woman began wearing the Haori with a slightly longer length.
  • Maru-Obi is the highest ranked Obi. The Maru-Obi is twice the width of any other Obi. The Maru-Obi has a beautiful pattern on both the front a reverse side. The Maru-Obi is the higest rankedkimono accessory. 
  • Fukuro-Obi is also worn for formal occasions, but has a pattern on the front side only. The Fukuro-obi is ranked just below the Maru-Obi for kimono accessories.

  • Nagoya-Obi has a narrow part and a wider part. The Nagoya-Obi was worn on casual occasions and because of the narrow sections, it was easy to put on and take off. The Nagoya-Obi is the 3rd highest ranked kimono accessory below the Maru-Obi and Fukuro-Obi.

In the true Japanese spirit, (Yamato-damashii), the Vintage Kimono and Japanese Obi displayed on East West Kimono Gallery promotes Japanese culture as well as the passion of Japanese textile andJapanese art. The Kimono survived the atomic destruction as well as Japan’s great modernization and post-war rebuilding programs in the mid 1960’s. We are proud to share with you these beautiful and elegant vintage kimono.

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