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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

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Hand Embroidered Japanese Red Silk Kimono
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Hand Embroidered Japanese Red Silk Kimono
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
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Est: $0- $0
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Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
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Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Japanese Hand Embroidered Kimono
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Est: $0- $0
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Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
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Est: $0- $0
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Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
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by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
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Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
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by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
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Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Japanese Traditional Red Kimono w/ Dragon Emblem
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Hand Sewn Traditional Japanese Purple Kimono
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Hand Sewn Traditional Japanese Purple Kimono
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Traditional Japanese Scarlet Kimono
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Traditional Japanese Scarlet Kimono
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
CHILD'S JAPANESE SILK KIMONO WITH CRANES, 1930S
Feb 23, 11:00 AM EST
CHILD'S JAPANESE SILK KIMONO WITH CRANES, 1930S
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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Japanese Samurai’s silk Kimono, Japan, Edo period, circa 1700
Feb 25, 11:00 AM EST
Japanese Samurai’s silk Kimono, Japan, Edo period, circa 1700
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Est: $10,000- $20,000
$2000 Bids
Group of Early 20th Century Kimonos.
Mar 09, 10:30 AM PST
Group of Early 20th Century Kimonos.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Japanese Coronation Costume, c. 1920s.
Mar 09, 10:30 AM PST
Japanese Coronation Costume, c. 1920s.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
HAND EMBROIDERED CUSTOM MADE KIMONO JAPAN 19TH C
Mar 03, 6:00 PM IST
HAND EMBROIDERED CUSTOM MADE KIMONO JAPAN 19TH C
by Alma
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$2000 Bids
AN OLD KIMONO, FROM JAPAN, FROM THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.
Mar 03, 6:00 PM IST
AN OLD KIMONO, FROM JAPAN, FROM THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.
by Alma
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Vintage fashion / clothing: A early 20thC Japanese blue silk Kimono embroid
Feb 26, 9:00 AM GMT
Vintage fashion / clothing: A early 20thC Japanese blue silk Kimono embroid
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £30- £50
£300 Bids
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JAPAN, Traditional wedding kimono "Shiromuku", 20th century
Feb 24, 10:00 AM CET
JAPAN, Traditional wedding kimono "Shiromuku", 20th century
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Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
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Feb 26, 7:00 PM EST
Japanese Uchikake Embroidered Wedding Kimono Robe
by Kensington Estate Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Japanese Embossed Lilac Kimono
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
Japanese Embossed Lilac Kimono
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Vintage Black Silk Kimono
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Black Silk Kimono
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Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Wedding Kimono Japan Handmade Metallic Cranes
Feb 22, 11:00 AM EST
Wedding Kimono Japan Handmade Metallic Cranes
by Willow Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Vintage Japanese Kimono Blue with Floral Motifs
Feb 25, 10:00 AM PST
Vintage Japanese Kimono Blue with Floral Motifs
by Hughes Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Japanese Kimonos


Monarch Auction and Estate Services

Monarch Auction and Estate Services

Alma

Alma

Turner Auctions + Appraisals

Turner Auctions + Appraisals

Hughes Auctions

Hughes Auctions