Vintage Japanese Kimono Culture News
April 17, 2022 • Yoko Lewis
WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE LOOK AND FEEL OF THESE OLDER JAPANESE TEXTILES? Since 1998 on yokodana.com we have been selling mostly bulk kimonos in 10lbs lots, as well as select, and often rare, vintage Japanese textiles - kimono fabrics by yard or piece. We have accumulated these pieces over the years in the course of picking and sorting for our bulk kimonos, and we recently realized that we have far more pieces in our stash than we can ever realistically add to the site under our current staffing arrangements (My husband, Dana, and I). On top of that, we routinely acquire more and more of...
March 03, 2022 • Yoko Lewis
From time to time we get lovely emails and pictures from the many sorts of creative folks who buy our vintage Japanese kimonos and fabric pieces. The latest is from Lisa, a USA regular customer. Over a period of time she purchased pieces of our vintage fabrics, mostly kasuri and some boro, and then made a quilt from them. To see more pictures and learn more about her process in making this quilt, please visit her showcase page on our site HERE.
January 25, 2022 • Yoko Lewis
Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi) comes every second Monday of January in Japan, so pictures of this year's new adults in kimono are coming in. Seijin no Hi is said to have been celebrated from the 8th Century CE in Japan, so It has a rich history. However, we’ve noticed some very interesting changes in recent years, with young Japanese experimenting with creative -- as well as non-traditional -- ways to wear their kimono and accessories on this day of their transition to adulthood. So, we thought we’d share some of these, particularly because of the striking differences seen in...
January 05, 2022 • Yoko Lewis
Site Review: Japanoscope.com--Translating and Exploring the best, and worst, of Japan
December 12, 2021 • Yoko Lewis