Nowadays you can buy kimono and its accessories online without coming to Japan.
It’s so easy.
However, if you find your favorite one, don’t click the button immediately!
There are many things you should check before buying.
I used to click buttons to buy kimono and obi online but sometimes I received something I didn’t expect.
This time I’ll tell you how to buy kimono and obi online successfully.
Here are something you should know to buy them.
Carefully check the size, color, condition, and price.
The different types of kimono and obi
First of all, know the different types of kimono and obi.
Yukata : A casual cotton kimono worn on hot days, especially for summer events.
Komon : The most popular kimono worn on casual occasions. Patterns are dyed or woven overall.
Edo-komon : Tiny patterns are dyed overall. Ones without family crests worn on casual occasions, while ones with family crests worn on ceremonies. Casual, semi-formal, formal.
Iiromuji : One color, no patterns. Ones without family crests worn on casual occasions, while ones with family crests worn on ceremonies. Casual, semi-formal, formal.
Tsukesage : All patterns are facing upper direction, simpler than homongi. Semi-formal.
Homongi : The most popular semi-formal or formal kimono whose pattern is like a beautiful painting. You can use colorful kimono accessories.
Iro-tomesode : A formal kimono having patterns around the lower body called “suso-moyo” and dyed other than black.
Kuro-tomesode : The most formal kimono for married women having “suso-moyo” or patterns around the lower body on the black background.
Furisode : The most formal kimono for unmarried women with long sleeves.
Nishakusode+hakama : A old-fashioned school girl style. Nowadays it is worn on graduation ceremonies in Japan.
Uchikake : A costume for brides worn on weddings.
Haori : Haori for women is worn over kimono as a cardigan or light jacket.
Nagajuban : An undergarment of kimono. You should buy it as the same size of kimono, especially the length of sleeves and shoulders must be the same, because the undergarment’s sleeves will pop out. If you can’t find the same, you adjust it.
Hanhaba-obi : A half-width obi. The most simple obi for casual kimono and yukata.
Nagoya-obi : The most popular obi for casual occasions. It is divided into two parts, “do” and “taiko” to put on easily. It has two types, such as “hassun” (thin and no interlining) and “kyusun” (obi fabric with an interlining).
Kyofukuro-obi : Ones look like “fukuro-obi” but shorter than it. It is worn on casual occasions.
Fukuro-obi : Ones having simple patterns called “share-bukuro” are worn on casual occasions. Ones having decorative and gorgeous patterns with gold and silver are mainly used for formal kimonos on special occasions. Some of them are available as a reversible obi.
Maru-obi : This obi is very formal and used for brides and “maiko” nowadays. It is extremely heavy because of rich decorations and a wide width. Thick!
Old or new / history
Which do you buy, old or new ones?
Antiques : They were made before 1945.
Recycled ones : They were made after 1945.
Old vintages : old and high quality.
New ones : ready-made or order-made,
New ones made of old stocks : They are called “shinko-hin”.
Tanmono / rolls of fabric : Old ones’ width and length are relatively short. Some of recent new ones are wider.
B-tan / Bolts or rolls of fabrics with small scratches, stains, and so on, but can be sewn by hiding those damages.
In most cases, kimono can be adjusted to your body. However you should know your own size, because it is easy to put it on without too much extra fabric.
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Did you take your size?
The measurements of your height, “yuki” or the shoulder and arm, and hip are must.
Check whether the measurements of the kimono you want to buy are suitable for you.
Checking the colors is very important not to be disappointed with a different color from your expectation.
Confirm whether the colors are what you expect. The colors are different according to browsers.
At least you look at them on a few devices, such as desktop, mobile or tablet.
How is the condition? It can be worn?
Please check them. They are common in kimono, obi, do-ura and hakkake (lining).
The stores showing items’ damages in detail can be trusted.
If you can’t decide that it is wearable or not, let’s ask the shop.
How do shops set those prices?
|Condition to sell at high prices.
Size in demand
Famous kimono artists
When you order kimono, you usually have an extra payment other than the fabric of kimono itself.
They are charges of sewing, “yu-noshi” or cleaning and straitening the cloth, liners, water-proof (option), and so on.
Sometimes the price includes all, but carefully check them.
Payment and shipping
It is strongly recommended that you purchase products at an online shop where you can pay or ship overseas.
Even if the shop doesn’t have any of them, if you show your enthusiasm for buying items, the shop might respond to you. Any way, you should contact the shop.
These shops are excellent. They are good for the first step of your kimono life.
New yukata, casual kimonos, formal kimonos, kimono coats, and kimono accessories…This shop deal in all items of kimono.
If you like antique kimonos, I highly recommend this shop. Also you can buy original antique-like kimonos and obi sashes.
Old and new items, kimono accessories. I sometimes buy recycled kimonos and obi sashes. I recommend “bi-hin” or “the recycled without damages”, and “michakuyo” or “the unused”. They are clean.
Check the size, color, condition, and price.
For the first step…If you can, you buy all items of kimono all at once. So you don’t have to worry about your coordination. When you go out, you just wear the set of kimono.