Cheap kimono are the best kimono…

$7 Synthetic Komon

They are…for just $7 you can get a nice synthetic komon…and I got 20 obijime for $14 too:

$7 Obiage lot

£7 Obiage Lot

I will bundle up the unwanted of the obijime for selling. It was the gold/silver, purple and mint green that caught my eye.

I am really into the round twisted obi-jime at the moment, I love how they stand out. My favourite obijime have been these type or my really big flat ones!

No one likes the stuff I do….

I never bid high for anything. Minimum bids only for me on eBay and I get a lot of stuff I love for $0.99 but I put in a starting bid of $9.99 for this kimono and thought…pffft…I will lose this one…but I didn’t. Comes to about £14 WITH full shipping costs.

Some of my $0.99 kimono are going through the crafting and conversion mill for my projects…kimono is an expanse of great usable fabric and when fabric is so expensive…

I am building up a collection of more subdued, classic looking kimono as all mine seem to err on the bright funky side and for photoshoots and events people like the traditional look quite often.

Kimono shopping is hard on-line and you need an eye for detail, condition and know what you are buying. Quite a lot of the time information is inaccurate through bad translation or ‘getting the sale’.

I should start a ‘kimono sourcing’ business as I am a demon kimono shopper but there is no call for such a person!

Purple/Grey Houmongi Kimono with Shibori

Kimono at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Well Kimono de Jack was at the Victoria and Albert museum saturday and we were horrified that the fashion segments was closed until May 🙁

We still had the Japanese exhibit and more photos can be found here.

However, we provided our own fashion:

kimono de jack

Purple Kitsuke; KDJ

Kitsuke in the V and A

I had not worn my purple hitoe kimono before but I love it. Slightly too narrow but a bit more weight loss will see the front panel slide across more 🙂

As you can see the UK KDJ fashion is an eclectic mix of traditional, taisho, hime and modern themes. We all sport our own style.

I am having a love affair with pink and purple at the moment, probably due to the Cath Kidston fabric fetish I had a month back!

It has been a kimono filled week, as I went to a conference in kimono Wednesday and have ANOTHER kimono event this Saturday!

Kimono Sellers Disappearing!

The US Kimono seller ‘Kimono Lily’ is having a closing down sale, I won’t miss kimono lily but buyer in the US will. Is this the global recession finally biting the vintage kimono business?

Two sellers have recently merge and another has taken its operation off eBay. Soon we shall be restricted to Rakuten and Japan Yahoo Auctions if other sellers follow suit on eBay.

Kimono are not fetching the prices as I have won far too many items the last few weeks for $0.99, something that was a rarity 6 months ago.

For me, who already has a substantial collection this is not a worry but newer kimono lovers may find it harder in the future to fuel their passion. Currently, I bet you can get a full kimono ensemble for £100 with accessories and everything if you are clever and above all patient.

For example, all prices include shipping…

I have brought a:
1. Kimono and obi for £23 (same seller)
2. Juban WITH haneri for £7
3. You can get a full kitsuke set with everything you need for £32 (yume-kimono)
4. There are many obijime/obiage sets on eBay for around £20.
5. Tabi, you can get cheap ones for £5
6. You might go £10 over budget getting a pair of Geta 🙂 for about £25.

So £112 will get you a whole kimono set. You can collect things over time, to spread the cost. However, this is all currently on eBay. Less sellers the higher the prices will rise due to demand so the sellers that weather the recession will do well.

So if you are thinking of a kimono set, act now as in 6 months time I think things will be very different.

P.S, my $0.99 kimono is pictured 🙂

Synthetic Komon Style Ko Furisode at Japan Matsuri 2010

Japan Matsuri 2010A while back the internet was flooded the the most bargain-basement synthetic ko furisode for $19.99. This one was at the tail end of these offers as they were mostly snapped up by kimono retailers who now charge £100+ for them. This one cost me $14.99 and it is currently my favourite kimono. Yellow Gold NagoyaIt has a sewn in date-eri (to give the age old impression of a second kimono) and in the picture I have matched it with my ‘curtain fabric from Dunelm’ han-eri and gold obi. The gold obi has slight colour running through it which you can’t really see, and the han-eri is embroidered fabric. This is a huge money saving trick if you still want a ‘posh’ kimono collar without paying the price for it. You need to choose your fabric well.
Curtain fabric from dunelm for Han eri!

Even though now getting one of these ko-furisodes for less than $100 is hard I heartily recommend them as they are superb synthetic (and washable) kimono. They are WORTH that price unless you happen to have caught one of these superb deals, then paying more would hurt. I wish I would have binged and brought like 10, but you never know how synthetic kimono are going to go, I have wonderful ones and quite cheap ‘Primark’ quality ones. Good for tatting about in though.

I managed to get a red one, yellow one and white/blue/pink houmongi style one for a friend. Lots of them did not have hem patterns as they were graduation kimono (meant to be worn with hakama) but I wish I had managed to get a yabane patterned ko-furi. I am still kicking myself about it.

Matsuri was fun as there were a few kimono stalls (some selling my exact kimono for £150) and they complimented me on dressing myself in kimono. Self dressing is the norm for yofuku (western clothing in Japanese terms) so we take it for granted that dressing yourself in kimono is hard. It has taken me two years of practise to get this far and I still need to improve greatly.