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
Finally, in the early stages of Showa, the kimonos became
Kimonos from this period, the textile and the dyeing, bring
an energy which is not seen today.
What is the attraction of
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
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
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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