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Japanese Kimonos

Initially the primary fashion choice during Edo-period Japan, the beauty of kimonos has made these fashionable Japanese pieces beloved around the world since their creation. It is not unusual to see kimonos featured not just in traditional wear for Japanese ceremonies, but in everyday and special occasion fashion worldwide.

Kimonos are characterized by straight seams and wide sleeves that form a T-shape and are tied closed by a belt called obi. Traditional kimono robes are always worn with the left side over the right and fall right at the ankle. Unlike modern day clothes, kimono makers did not concern themselves with the wearer’s body at all, with the straight cuts hiding the human figure underneath.

During feudal Japan, kimonos were the primary means for Japanese displays of wealth. The samurai and wealthy of Japan flaunted their status with rich silk kimonos embroidered with flowers, trees, birds, and fish.


Quick Facts

  • During the Edo period, the Japanese experienced a heightened awareness of color as kimonos with different colors and patterns were often layered in colder weather. The pairing of patterns and colors showed the wearer’s sophistication and status, and even gave clues as to the personality of the wearer
  • As evident by the famous Japanese poem "Whose sleeves" or "Tagasode," the focus on beauty and character of Japanese women by 16th century was less on her physical appearance but rather in the garments and accessories she possessed
  • Today, kimonos are rarely worn by Japanese men and women. They are usually only worn during special occasions. These occasions might be during weddings, tea ceremonies, or other formal engagements

Recommended Items at Auction

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PIO O' KAN Kimono dame
Apr 25, 2:30 PM CEST
PIO O' KAN Kimono dame
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €100- €200
€101 Bid
GABRIELE BLACHNIK Kimono dame
Apr 25, 2:30 PM CEST
GABRIELE BLACHNIK Kimono dame
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €100- €200
€101 Bid
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Japanese Samurai’s silk Kimono, Japan, Edo period, circa 1700
May 11, 11:00 AM EDT
Japanese Samurai’s silk Kimono, Japan, Edo period, circa 1700
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$2000 Bids
Antique Raw Silk Embroidered Kimono Robe
Apr 27, 9:30 AM EDT
Antique Raw Silk Embroidered Kimono Robe
by Luban Antique
Est: $50- $300
$100 Bids
A JAPANESE KIMONO DRAGON OKIMONO. 13 cm wide.
Apr 25, 10:00 AM BST
A JAPANESE KIMONO DRAGON OKIMONO. 13 cm wide.
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £80- £120
£600 Bids
Kimono
May 09, 10:00 AM EDT
Kimono
by New England Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$500 Bids
Vintage Japanese Kimono and Undergarment Pink Sakura and Butterflies
Apr 28, 10:00 AM PDT
Vintage Japanese Kimono and Undergarment Pink Sakura and Butterflies
by Hughes Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Japanese Kimono Ceremonial Robe
Apr 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Japanese Kimono Ceremonial Robe
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
Bibi Hilton's Japanese 100% Silk Embroidered Kimono
May 25, 7:00 AM PDT
Bibi Hilton's Japanese 100% Silk Embroidered Kimono
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2600 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Japanese Kimonos


Accademia Fine Art

Accademia Fine Art

Eternity Gallery

Eternity Gallery

GWS Auctions

GWS Auctions

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers