Wonderful piece of history for a collectors item. The silk on this kimono is incredibly delicate and well as the finely hand woven threads making up the design. The kimono is fairly lightweight.The bottom lining is black silk and the doura upper lining is blue cotton. The inner sleeves are lined with red silk. The sleeves are 18 long.
There are unfortunately marks on the kimono, as well as around the collar. There are also a few holes on the sleeves - see photos.Kimonos should be worn left over right. Only a Japanese corpse wears a kimono right over left.
Kimono's should not be washed. They should be taken to a specialist dry cleaners. They can be aired outdoors for freshness. WHY CAN SOME WOMEN'S KIMONO BE SO LONG? Contemporary and formal kimono are very long indeed.
This is because they are traditionally shortened by hitching up at the waist and hiding the excess fabric behind the wide obi belt. Older kimono tend to be shorter and smaller. Occasionally someone asks me about a matching "belt" or sash for a kimono. Japanese women, instead, wear a kimono with an obi--usually a wide, stiff, brocaded, 15-foot long piece that wraps around the waist several times and ties in an elaborate bow in back. They rarely match these to the kimono, but rather choose contrasting colors and patterns.
One must bear in mind that most are vintage items, which I strive to describe accurately and honestly. Most are in excellent vintage condition and therefore look virtually new but all are vintage, even the unused garments, which are or deadstock. A very, very few smell of mothballs or a touch of vintage mustiness but that is rare. This can be aired out and can sometimes be speeded up by tumble drying the dry garment at cool, but it should be put in a pillowcase in the dryer and is done only at your own risk. I have also had success at removing it by turning garments inside out and spraying very lightly with Oust, then letting them hang for a couple of days, but you do this at your own risk, as I cant guarantee it wont damage some fabrics.
I found Oust to be much better at it than Febreze, even though Febreze is intended for some fabrics and Oust is an air freshener. Some synthetic textile and cotton kimonos can be hand washed but do this entirely at your own risk and only use a detergent for colours, as all other detergents contain bleaching agents to brighten whites.
Storage: Hang up your garment for a few hours prior to wearing, to remove fold creases. They should also be hung out to air 4 times per year, if not worn frequently. 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 white stitching (shitsuke) round the outside 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. More Kimonos in our shop so take a look!
The item "Antique traditional Japanese silk kimono Meiji period 1868-1912" is in sale since Monday, August 17, 2020. This item is in the category "Clothes, Shoes & Accessories\Specialty\Vintage Clothing & Accessories\Women's Vintage Clothing\Coats, Jackets & Waistcoats". The seller is "thekentsco" and is located in birmingham. This item can be shipped worldwide.