Q: Do you make these kimono yourself?
A: No, these are original, authentic silk garments hand sewn in
Japan between the 1920s and 1960s. The only things I do to them
is have them cleaned and I repair what can be repaired. I take apart
kimono too damaged to be sold whole and make them into scarves,
pillows, and lamps.
Q: How can I use these garments?
A: There are lots of ways to use the kimono and haori. The shorter
haori are perfect as jackets. They can be dressed up for evening
wear with a simple dress or matching slacks and simple top. They
also make beautiful bed jackets for older or convalescing women.
The longer kimono make dramatic wall hangings when hung from a simple
rod or bamboo pole on a blank wall. They also are lovely as robes
for lounging or stunning evening coats or ceremonial robes.
Q: How do I care for my garment?
A: I recommend dry cleaning at a reputable establishment. The scarves
can be hand washed in cool water using a good quality shampoo and
rinsed well. Hang to dry. If pressing is needed, the lowest steam
setting or silk setting should be enough to remove wrinkles. The
older the fabric the more fragile the silk, so handle with care
Q: How did you get into this business?
A: As long as I can remember, I have been a fabricoholic. I majored
in fashion design in college and was a designer and custom dressmaker
for years. A friend who knew how much I loved fine fabrics took
me to a store that sold pieces from old kimono. I bought some thinking
I would make clothes from them. When I received my first shipment
of whole kimono, I was astounded at their beauty and workmanship
and realized there was no way I could cut them up. So, my business
was born. Click here to read my full bio.
Q: What is your Return Policy?
A: We accept items returned within 2 weeks of date received and will refund the cost of the product minus shipping. There will be a 10% restocking fee if item is returned after 2 weeks.
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