YokoDana Kimono Customer Showcase Start Page

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About this page:

Since 1998 we have been often amazed and impressed with the many ways in which folks use our vintage Japanese kimonos and fabrics creatively. In fact, we have been keeping a list of them (At bottom of this page), as told to us by our customers. Until 2017 we used to have a "Guest Gallery" for customers to  showcase things which they made from kimonos or fabrics which they purchased on www.yokodana.com -- or in person at a venue, However, we had not kept it up, so when we upgraded our e-commerce platform in 2017 we did not continue with the gallery.

In the last few years, though, we've been seeing increasingly excellent creativity using vintage kimono fabrics and decided to resurrect a place on our website where we can showcase some of the art and artistry of our customers -- thus this Customer Showcase page. This is not a commercial option and no charges or linkage referral fees are involved -- we just wish to share these things with our site visitors, many of whom are also artists and artisans.

So, if you have made something from what you've purchased from us and want to share it with our site visitors, please contact us to learn eligibility requirements.

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Click-touch links below to see each one:

 1. Evelyn Lee (USA):

Pillow collage, silks and cottons from yokodana kimono

2. Christine Williams (USA):

Christine Williams, quilt artist

 3. Jennifer Morales (USA):

Jennifer Morales, made using meisen

4. Michael Kannisto (USA)

bowties made using vintage yokodana.com silks


5. Chappell Rose Holt (USA):

chappell rose holt

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    6. Pam T., Canada: Wedding Dress Made from Vintage Kimono:

    Pam T., Canada & Groom, wedding dress from kimono

    7. ABCRags, Lauren Sng, Sakiori & More Textile Artist:

    ABCRags, sakiori and more

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    8. Carol Lambright {USA): Fashion Design Jacket from YokoDana's Vintage Ohshima Tsumugi Silk

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    9. Kay of Virginia (USA): Borojagi (Boro) Design Hooded Jacket made from YokoDana's Vintage Kasuri & Boro Cottons

    Kay(Virginia) Hooded Jacket from boro -kasuri

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    10. Anne Boyd (Delaware USA): Used vintage deadstock silk kimono liners fabrics to create and dye designer scarves.

    Anne Boyd: Delaware USA, hand-dyed eco-friendly silk scarves from yokodana silks

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    11. Lisa *** (Massachusetts USA): Hand-made quilt from  vintage and antique kasuri (ikat) and other boro cotton pieces obtained on yokodana.com.

    Quilt made from vintage Japanese kasuri and boro cottons from yokodana.com

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    12. SM (Virginia USA): Hand-made woman's top using nagajuban silk fabrics obtained on yokodana.com.

    Blouse made using vintage juban silk

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    13.  Paul Gilbert (Buffalo, Wyoming USA): Collection of Japanese Stones, called Suiseki (lit. ‘water-stone’) paired with vintage and antique Japanese Kimono Fabrics. See pictures and Paul's story on his showcase page HERE.

    Suiseki Stone displayed with vintage Japanese Kimono Fabrics

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    14.  Rebecca KH, Arroyo Grande, California USA: Fashion designer, making dress and skirt using upcycled vintage Japanese kimono fabrics obtained from yokodana.com, YokoDana Kimono; please see her work. with notes on her creative process HERE.

    Customer Showcase: Rebecca KH USA Dress  Customer Showcase: Rebecca KH USA skirt

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    From our FAQ's:


    Since early 1999 we started keeping a list of various ways that customers tell us they use our fabrics and kimonos. Here is the latest, as of December 6, 2023:

    Here are some ways that our customers have used obi and vintage Japanese kimono fabrics creatively over the years:

    • Quilting
    • Table Runners
    • Centerpiece for Table (maruobi tied into ribbon) 
    • Place Mats 
    • Coasters 
    • Scarves (including some dyed)
    • Frame border, or make a picture out of it(fabric piece) Matting for pictures/framing
    • Wall hanging 
    • Window Treatment (swags, curtains)
    • Clothing items (many types, such as vest, blouse, or as part of other accessory or built into garments) 
    • Handbags/purses
    • Luggage rack (placed over a folding wooden frame luggage stand) 
    • Coffee table (used wooden stand, placed obi, then glass top) 
    • Pillows, cushions Just wear them as obi! 
    • "Katana" bag (samurai sword holder) 
    • Tote bag
    • Cabinetry, as runner in groove of sliding door of antique cabinet
    • Furniture (hand-made chairs and benches; re-uphostering)
    • High end fashion designers used kimono silks in making one-of-kind designer dresses, garments, accessories(Europe, India, China)
    • High end women's high-heel shoes (UK)
    • Dyers and mixed media artists used kimono fabrics in their artwork and projects
    • Laptop computer bags
    • Costume Face Mask
    • Lamp Shades
    • Anime Cosplay Costumes
    • Rock n Roll Singer-Songwriter Wears on-stage when performing
    • 18th Century Boys Suit
    • Period Re-enactors Costumes
    • Bowties
    • Hair Accessories
    • Wall Hanging (asa/hemp)
    • COVID19 Face Masks
    • Wedding Dress made from vintage furisode kimono
    • Textile Multi-Media Art (hangings, frames)
    • Suiseki Japanese "Water-Stone" Stones Art with vintage Japanese Kimono fabrics.