Vintage Japanese Kimono Culture News

Japanese Vintage Fabrics by Piece: Latest Updates yokodana.com

July 31, 2019 Yoko Lewis

YokoDana Kimono website Updates  News about fabric pieces updates, July 31, 2019: Background Story:  Each year we import tons of vintage Japanese kimonos to our Delaware USA location. All year long, in the daily course of filling orders for our main products -- bulk kimonos by pound -- we set aside distinctive and special pieces or lots of fabrics that come with our bulk kimono pickings, as well as selecting some garments for deconstruction here. About those Traditional Arai-Hari Cleaners: Also, we have relationships in Japan with Arai-Hari (those traditional kimono cleaners who provide us with so many interesting pieces); To...


Tokyo Weekender: Kitsuke, Kimono Culture Articles Summer 2019

July 13, 2019 Yoko Lewis

Tokyo Weekender is a long-standing publication based in Tokyo, originally founded in 1970 as an English language print periodical for expatriates living in Japan. Back in the day we used it when we lived in Japan but hadn't seen it ourselves for some time until one of their correspondents, Sarah B Hodges, recently published articles on kimono culture, which came up on Facebook – so, as we enjoyed them so much we want to share them here on our blog. If you are an enthusiast of Japanese Culture, particularly what we like to call kimono culture, we highly recommend these...


Summer Schedule: Bulk Kimono Packages & Fabric Pieces Updates

June 16, 2019 Yoko Lewis

  1. YokoDana Kimono Office & Shipping Schedule June - July 2019: We will be travelling intermittently this summer, which will affect our shipping schedule. Our website will be open as always for orders, but we will not have shipments going out for the following dates: Friday, June 21, 2019 to Monday, July 1, 2019. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 to July 7, 2019.While out of the office we will monitor order logs, messages and emails daily. If you are a commercial customer with standing orders, we will communicate with you privately about your shipping schedule.  2. News of our bulk...


Site Review: The Blue Brick Dyeworks, Canada, Handmade Yarn

June 03, 2019 Yoko Lewis

  This blog post is not necessarily directly related to the usual themes of our website www.yokodana.com (Japanese culture, vintage kimono, traditional Japanese textile art etc.). However, we were so struck by the beauty and use of colors (ombre’) of a hand-dyed shawl pictured on Facebook, that we wanted to share it with our visitors -- who we’re sure will enjoy it. So, we contacted the folks running the website www.thebluebrick.ca -- a couple in Canada -- and they agreed to let us post some of their pictures. After visiting their website and studying their Ombre’ collection in particular, it...


Site Review: The Stalker Brand, 1-of-a-kind Creative Edge Miami

May 29, 2019 Yoko Lewis

www.thestalkerbrand.com BACK-STORY: In 1998 we started selling our authentic, vintage Japanese kimonos and fabrics online. Since then we have had an ever-growing number of artists, artisans, designers, quilters and multi-media ‘creative types’ use our fabrics and kimonos.  Now, in our 21st year on yokodana.com, we believe that a near majority of our customers are some sort of entrepreneur or small business. Our customers range from large famous brands you might see in Macy’s or similar stores (but who won’t let us give out their names) to small shops, brick-and-mortar stores and web-only businesses world-wide. It is a great source of...