What kind of kimono have you put on before? And what kind of kimono do you wish to wear in the future?
There are so many kinds and colors of kimono, with different meanings. It could be really hard to find and purchase the kimono which satisfies you.
Well, in this article I introduce various kimono fabrics. This might make it even more difficult for you to decide which kimono to buy. Because there are a lot of types and ranks in kimono fabrics, and these too could be a good index, along with colors and patterns, when choosing a kimono. Oh no! So much to think about.
Anyhow, it’s always fun looking at a lot of products to choose from. Look around as much as you like, and we hope you find the best kimono for you!
Silk has become a synonym for kimono fabric. It is regarded as the best fabric for kimono. Silkworms make cocoons, and from these cocoons, long fibers are extracted.
Japanese silk fabrics are known for its wide variety; there are different kinds of silk fabrics produced only in certain area of Japan, such as Nishijin Ori in Kyoto.
You might think that silk is a thin fabric at first, but curiously, this excellent fabric keeps you cool in summer, and warm in winter.
Its quality, such as the texture and the softness of the fabric, is second to none out of all the fabrics for kimono. It also has a mature feeling to it.
Silk fabric excels in retaining moisture and makes your skin more beautiful just by wearing it as well, for it is made from the same kind of protein as the human skin. And for that, it is called “the second skin”. Silk is exceptional as fabric of Western clothes too!
Since it is the top-quality fabric, it would not be cheap. But a kimono made of silk could be a lifetime investment; if you care for it in a proper way, you do not need to purchase a new one repeatedly.
In Japan, there is a saying which goes like this; “yasumono gai no zeni ushinai (penny-wise, pound-foolish)”. You will realize that this saying makes sense when you see a silk kimono.
An expensive silk kimono has a great quality without a doubt, and it will never disappoint you. If you are thinking of purchasing a kimono, I do recommend getting one made of silk. In Japan, kimono worn by a mother is inherited by a daughter.
There is a reason that some kimono is worn over decades.
Kimono made of hemp is without a lining and is suitable for summer.
Hemp fabric has a cool texture and does not stick to the skin, which makes it suitable to wear in humid summer, compared to cotton which is also the fabric for warm seasons.
You can wash it yourself at home and it is fast drying, so it would be great to own one for hotter days.
And to top it off, it has a very unique texture which goes great with Japanese kimono, really.
Hemp kimono is for daily use and for casual outing; it is not suitable for formal events.
You might get an impression that it would be too hot to wear a kimono in summer, but you can wear it and still stay cool if you choose an obi (belt) and a hada juban (undershirt) made of hemp. Hemp kimono is notably strong, and its fiber does not easily get damaged even when cleaning at home.
Hemp fabrics are often used mainly for men’s yukata.
Kimono made of wool fabric is mainly worn in winter.
In the Showa period (1926-1989) when Japanese people used to wear kimono in their daily life, wool kimono became widely popular and saw its peak; it then declined and now is deemed as something rare. Wool kimono can be worn as town wear or daily clothes, but cannot be worn for a more formal party.
It is regarded as an everyday wear and not often seen as valuable, but its unique texture, the rustic feeling and casualness have definitely earned a strong popularity.
It would look very Japanese chic to wear it casually like a sweater, and pair with a scarf!
It is strong and warm, it can be washed at home and stays wrinkle-free; these are just some of the reasons why it is cherished.
The only point to be careful about is the fact that wool fabric can be worm-eaten. Do not forget a moth repellent when putting it in closet.
Recently the synthetic fiber technology has become so advanced that it started to be used as kimono fabric; it is called “new kimono”.
Kimono made of synthetic fibers is strong and easy to take care of. It can be washed with a laundry machine. It can be worn on rainy days without any trouble, so it is recommended for kimono beginners, and older people often like to wear it too.
One of its charms is its price; it is inexpensive, so you can collect a number of kimono.
A point to be noted; since it is made of synthetic fibers, it might disagree with your skin.
It does not breathe well either, so if you choose to wear everything from kimono, obi (belt) to hada juban (undershirt) made of synthetic fibers, it could get stuffy. I recommend you try choosing just one garment made of synthetic fibers.
Choose your favorite fabric!
In this article, I introduced 4 representative fabrics for kimono!
The season and the scene to wear a kimono varies according to its fabric, as shown above. Do think about the fabric and not only the pattern or the price, when choosing a kimono!
And the most recommended is kimono made of silk fabric. At Japanese Kimono Online Shop, we sell kimono made of 100% silk. Every one of them is a highly-recommended item which could be the treasure of your life.