Vintage Japanese Kimono Culture News

Showcase: ABCRags, Sakiori and Much More from Vintage Kimonos

December 05, 2020 Yoko Lewis

Lauren Chong Sng, ABCRags (USA): Sakiori and much more made from vintage kimonos We like to post on our web site when people have creatively used our vintage Japanese kimonos and fabrics in their work, so we are happy to share here the work of a customer, Lauren Sng of ABCRags in California. We have loved the things she posts on Instagram (@abcrags), and are particularly fond of her sakiori weaving pieces. We are pleased to share just a few of the things she makes using not only our vintage Japanese kimonos and fabrics, but from many sources. Such a...


Showcase: Wedding Dress Made From YokoDana's Vintage Kimono

November 07, 2020 Yoko Lewis

Pam T., CanadaCustomer Showcase: Here on yokodana.com we like to post on our web site when people have creatively used our vintage Japanese kimonos and fabrics in their work, so we are happy to share pictures and emails from Pam T. of Calgary, Canada who made her wedding dress  from a vintage kimono.  Starting in January of this year (2020) Pam approached us saying she wanted to use a vintage kimono to make her own wedding dress. She ended up getting our “A Package”. In a series of emails to us since then, she shared the story of her process of...


YouTube Video: How to Make Authentic Kimono

August 20, 2020 Yoko Lewis

We came across this in a Facebook group, and since we regularly get requests for information on how to make a kimono, thought we should post this here from a German lady with expertise in kitsuke: https://youtu.be/rW-Cz9HbkqA Let us know your opinions on this, whether we should list it in our FAQ info as a reliable resource.


390 Year-Old Bonsai Tree Survived Hiroshima Atomic Bombing August 6.1945

August 06, 2020 Yoko Lewis

Yamaki Bonsai Pine, 390 years old, survived Atomic Bomb blast in Hiroshima. Interesting story here.


Yoko's Furusato: Story of a Handmade Gift in Difficult Times

August 01, 2020 Yoko Lewis

Above: Purse Front View:Day Care Nursery, Children(More pictures below) Background: We feel that the Japanese word "furusato" doesn't translate very well to English, as furusato connotes much more than just one's 'hometown'. As we detail elsewhere on our site, YokoDana KImono's owner's furusato (home town) is in Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan. From time to time we like to blog about things from home, usually topics that center around themes of our website (cultural and historical information, kimonos, traditional Japanese textiles, creative Japanese textile arts, and crafts).  But this blog post is a bit different:...