Real Japanese Kimonos are a thing of beauty. A work of art. They aren’t just pumped out in factories. These garments are crafted with detailing that is breathtaking. Japanese Kimono are great collectibles and make lovely gifts. We’ve found some wonderful shops online that offer new and used Japanese Kimonos. Here is where to buy Japanese Kimonos online.
Before you buy, you need to decide which style of kimono you need. The Kuro tomesode is the traditional kimono worn by married women. It is black and has the family crests sewn on them. The Iro tomesode is also for married women but is less traditional and comes in many colors, all of which display the family crest. The Uchikake is the traditional long, elaborate robes worn by brides. The Shiromuku is also a long bridal robe but is completely white. The Furisode has wide sleeves, is very colorful, often with ornate designs. It is for the single woman. Houmongi are also for single women, but are to be worn at formal visits. Mofuku are to be worn by mourners and have no design. You’ll need to know which design is right for you.
Here are some great finds we found online. First stop is Kimono Source. They carry mostly used kimonos available in varying degrees of wear. The average kimono price is around $100 and they have details on the amount of wear or any stains or damages to the garment. These sell quickly, so if you see one you like available, grab it. Chances are when you come back, it will be sold. Visit them at their website here. http://www.kimonosource.com/index.htm
Next we went to Naomico’s Play. Naomico has very inexpensive garments at around about $40 a piece. They have a handy guide on how to measure yourself and what you should you order. Choose from dozens of varieties and make your selection with Naomico. Visit them here. http://www.naomicosplay.com/kimono.htm
Japanese Kimono Company has garments available in silk, cotton and polyester with a variety of styles. They offer many different sizes and are reasonably priced. They are a UK company so U.S. resident check prices. The also offer great deals on obis and accessories for the kimono lover. http://www.japanesekimonos.co.uk/
Japanese Lily has the absolute best variety. From lovely watered silk kimonos to comfortable cotton Japanese Lily has prices from $50 on up. Serious collectors can purchase from their Antiques division. Some of the most exquisite kimonos in the world can be found through Chuu at Japanese Lily. Visit them at http://www.chuu.com/shop/list/00020/000