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明治時代に封建体制が終わりを迎えると、 文明開化の波が押し寄せ、日本には数多くの新技術がもたらされました。

近代産業、特に繊維産業の振興は、諸外国と拮抗するために明治政府にとって重要な課題であり、 京都を中心とする繊維業界は、早急に先進技術の導入、習得に努めることとなります。


色、デザインともに控え目な幕末・明治から、開放のきざしを見せつつも重さを引きずっていた大正時代を終え、 昭和初期になると、着物は一気に華やかになります。


When the feudal period in Japan ended, there came a wave of westernization and, along with it, a flood of new technologies.
The government actively promoted the competitiveness of the textile industry to contend with overseas products.
Under the Meiji government, and the fabric industry, based in Kyoto, experienced a revolutionary change.
Suddenly, they were able to create realistic depictions with vivid colors using chemical dyes, realistic depictions of Japanese paintings, and three-dimensional expressions of kata-yuzen.
Later, with the influence of art nouveau and art deco in late Meiji period to Taisho period, the technology of weaving became more complex, as had dyeing.
During the Meiji period, kimono colours were austerely elegant...then they greeted a slow change with cultural opening of the Taisho period.
Finally, in the early stages of Showa, the kimonos became extravagant.
Kimonos from this period, the textile and the dyeing, bring an energy which is not seen today.


What is the attraction of "Vintage Kimono"?
Basically, the attraction of Kimono derives from its textile, design and technique.
For the textile, basic choices are raw silk, wool and cotton, which are all unique and attractive.
Then technique and designs that perfectly match its textile are carefully chosen from various selections such as weave, dye, embroidery, gold leaf, lacquer.
The combination of these factors makes each Kimono one and only. Those designs and techniques reflect the trend and taste in each period.
Although contemporary Kimonos are brand new and beautiful, vintage Kimonos have something contemporary Kimonos never posses.
They are holding the history of each period. For example, some Kimonos from Taisho Period, 1912-1926, carry some unique atmosphere due to their bold designs, vivid colors and elegant long sleeves.
Similarly, Obis from Meiji Period, 1868-1912 have a unique characteristic of golden woven patterns.
Just by browsing our collections, you will notice that Kimono styles are different from each period.


Vintage Kimonos, due to their nature, sometimes have blots or stains with age. Some of our modern Kimono are in mint condition, but this is not always the case. Silk is a delicate material that ages more than some other materials, even in ideal conditions. White silks often become yellowed with time. If a Kimono is in less than mint condition, we will detail all blots and stains on its information page, often with pictures.
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