Vintage Japanese Kimono Culture News

Customer Showcase: Blouse Made With Yokodana.com Silk Juban Fabric

July 09, 2022 Yoko Lewis

July 9, 2022: Updated Customer Showcase -- Blouse From Juban silk A customer from Virginia (USA) recently sent us some pictures of a top that she made using some nagajuban fabric she got on our site. She also added some details of her creative process. So, since we know that many visitors to yokodana.com are what we lovingly call, "creative types", we thought we'd share it on our website's Customer Showcase page.You can view all the showcases HERE. To see this showcase please click-push HERE.

Creative Uses of Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabrics from YokoDana.com(Lampshades)

June 08, 2022 Yoko Lewis

We are fortunate indeed that here at yokodana.com we regularly receive lovely emails from customers telling us how they liked an order, and often describing how they used our fabrics (either purchased via our Bulk Kimono Packages ,or , in our Fabrics-by-pieces section) in a creative project. Above and below are pictures we recently received from a USA customer in New York(State). Here's what she wrote to us explaining what she did in making 2 lampshades from both whole kimonos and fabrics bought by piece/yard:  Dear YokoDana , I have been buying your various bundles of kimono, juban and haori jackets. I...

Do you love the older authentic vintage Japanese kimono fabrics?

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...

New Showcase on YokoDana.com: Quilt Made Using Vintage Kasuri-Boro

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.

Look What Kimonos Were Worn on Seijin no Hi, Coming of Age Day 2022

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...