Q : Why are women’s kimono so long?

A : Long history short, we wear kimono tucking it up at the waist in modern times. This technique, known as "ohashori," allows the wearer to adjust the length of the kimono based on their height. Typically, when you put it on, it drapes down to the floor.

Q : Why are vintage kimono fabrics in pieces?

A :

They are made from recycled kimono. Kimono, with its unique pattern, involves no round cutting. When undone, it reverts to straight pieces: two sleeves, two bodices, and four half-width narrow strips. After wearing a kimono for a long time, if it needs thorough cleaning, or if it's partially worn out, it can be taken apart and transformed into something new. This is our way of recycling kimono.

Sometimes, we come across uncut bolts that were stored at kimono shops or someone's storage, never having been made into an actual kimono.

Q : Why are kimono fabrics narrow?

A : Kimono fabric is traditionally narrow, and this is influenced by the width of hand looms. The width is designed to match the ease of weaving on these looms, aligning with the natural shoulder width of an individual. Traditional kimono are crafted by sewing together these narrow pieces of fabric.

It's interesting to note that this isn't limited to only kimono fabrics, many traditional Japanese textiles, such as futon covers, mosquito nets, noren, etc., are also constructed with narrow pieces.

Q : How do you care for kimono and fabrics?

A : Unlined cotton or wool kimono can be hand washed, however, any silk garments are best cared for through dry cleaning. After wearing your kimono, simply hang it in the air avoiding direct sunlight before storing it. This minimizes the need for frequent trips to the dry cleaner.

For most fabrics, a hand wash in cold water with a small amount of gentle detergent is suitable. Gently agitate the fabric in the water, allow it to soak briefly, and then rinse thoroughly. Pat it well with a towel and hang it to dry, avoiding direct sunlight.