Blue Kimono Fabric Earrings hanging on Japanese Maple Tree
Blue Kimono Fabric Earrings hanging on Japanese Maple Tree

Kimono Fabric Earrings – Blue and Neon Orange

If you’re like me, you’ve wondered about making jewelry out of vintage kimonos. And do I have the answer for you! Hanami Clothing has been making some gorgeous kimono fabric earrings in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. One of their first designs uses leftovers from a blue kimono with neon orange polkadots. There are handmade and have neon silk threading to match the dots.Pictures can’t do these earrings justice, so you’ll need to see them to believe them. Right now, Hanami Clothing only has these in pierced earring style, but they’ll be offering other styles as well soon. You can...

Buying Kimonos at Kyoto Pawn Shops
Buying Kimonos at Kyoto Pawn Shops

Buying Kimonos at Kyoto Pawn Shops

It’s actually quite difficult to find kimonos at pawn shops and similar placed in Kyoto. Most big places don’t have them, and if they do, they’re usually overpriced. Specialty shops that sell only used kimonos or used culturally Japanese goods usually overprice their kimonos, so we’re just looking at pawn shops right now. We’ve already given some tips on buying kimonos in Kyoto, but the best ways to find pawn shops in Japan is to search for “リサイクルショップ,” “セカンド,” “古着,” and similar things. リサイクルショップ or just リサイクル is a transliteration of “recycle/recycle shop.” It’s probably the most common term for...

Buying Used Kimonos in Kyoto
Buying Used Kimonos in Kyoto

Buying Used Kimonos in Kyoto

Today, I’ll talk to you a little about buying used kimonos in Kyoto. In addition to buying cool, unique items like Japanese doorway curtains made from kimonos, you can buy kimonos in Kyoto. There are many places in Kyoto to buy used kimonos, but it can be quite difficult if you don’t know where to look. Many touristy areas will have them for rent, and will possibly have very expensive ones for sale. For the most part, you should stay away from touristy areas if you want good kimonos at a reasonable price. Many places, such as Tansu-ya (たんす屋) will...

Unique Home Decor – Wool Doorway Curtains
Unique Home Decor – Wool Doorway Curtains

Unique Home Decor – Wool Doorway Curtains

Another thing you can do with kimonos and kimono fabric is make noren (暖簾), which are traditional Japanese doorway curtains. These can add a lot of character and style to any home, and come in a variety of styles and sizes. You can see one style in the front of Yurin, a local shop in Kyoto that makes all sorts of home goods from obi – kimono belts. Their shop has a short, but long noren. Most will max out around this length, but you’ll sometimes see very large ones if they’re used to protect from the sunlight or dust....

Upcycled Obi Furniture in Kyoto – Yurin
Upcycled Obi Furniture in Kyoto – Yurin

Upcycled Obi Furniture in Kyoto – Yurin

In our last post, we covered upcycled kimono infinity scarves, so today we’re introducing the magical world of upcycling obis. An obi is a kimono belt, and they are usually much, much thicker and firm than kimonos. They are meant to stay firm, and oftentimes have very heavy duty embroidered patterns on them. While kimonos usually Yurin (由凛) is a very interesting shop in the heart of Kyoto, near Nijo Castle, the biggest and most famous castle of Kyoto (and, yes, there are quite a few castles here). Yurin does quite a few things with each obi they obtain. I...

Handmade Upcycled Silk Infinity Scarf
Handmade Upcycled Silk Infinity Scarf

Handmade Upcycled Silk Infinity Scarf

One of the many things kimonos can be upcycled into is an infinity scarf. These can be quite exquisite and full of detail, showcasing the expertise of the original designers and creators of the kimono fabric. Hanami Clothing has a range of gorgeous designs, and we’re focusing on this double loop design today. This design is made out of four vintage kimonos, and features flowers, a traditional village, and more. Hanami Clothing makes all of their spectacular designs in the heart of kimono culture – Kyoto, Japan – and all of their kimonos are sourced from local shop owners. Upcycling...

Blue Kimono Fabric Earrings hanging on Japanese Maple Tree
Blue Kimono Fabric Earrings hanging on Japanese Maple Tree

Kimono Fabric Earrings – Blue and Neon Orange

If you’re like me, you’ve wondered about making jewelry out of vintage kimonos. And do I have the answer for you! Hanami Clothing has been making some gorgeous kimono fabric earrings in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. One of their first designs uses leftovers from a blue kimono with neon orange polkadots. There are handmade and have neon silk threading to match the dots.Pictures can’t do these earrings justice, so you’ll need to see them to believe them. Right now, Hanami Clothing only has these in pierced earring style, but they’ll be offering other styles as well soon. You can...

Buying Kimonos at Kyoto Pawn Shops
Buying Kimonos at Kyoto Pawn Shops

Buying Kimonos at Kyoto Pawn Shops

It’s actually quite difficult to find kimonos at pawn shops and similar placed in Kyoto. Most big places don’t have them, and if they do, they’re usually overpriced. Specialty shops that sell only used kimonos or used culturally Japanese goods usually overprice their kimonos, so we’re just looking at pawn shops right now. We’ve already given some tips on buying kimonos in Kyoto, but the best ways to find pawn shops in Japan is to search for “リサイクルショップ,” “セカンド,” “古着,” and similar things. リサイクルショップ or just リサイクル is a transliteration of “recycle/recycle shop.” It’s probably the most common term for...

Buying Used Kimonos in Kyoto
Buying Used Kimonos in Kyoto

Buying Used Kimonos in Kyoto

Today, I’ll talk to you a little about buying used kimonos in Kyoto. In addition to buying cool, unique items like Japanese doorway curtains made from kimonos, you can buy kimonos in Kyoto. There are many places in Kyoto to buy used kimonos, but it can be quite difficult if you don’t know where to look. Many touristy areas will have them for rent, and will possibly have very expensive ones for sale. For the most part, you should stay away from touristy areas if you want good kimonos at a reasonable price. Many places, such as Tansu-ya (たんす屋) will...

Unique Home Decor – Wool Doorway Curtains
Unique Home Decor – Wool Doorway Curtains

Unique Home Decor – Wool Doorway Curtains

Another thing you can do with kimonos and kimono fabric is make noren (暖簾), which are traditional Japanese doorway curtains. These can add a lot of character and style to any home, and come in a variety of styles and sizes. You can see one style in the front of Yurin, a local shop in Kyoto that makes all sorts of home goods from obi – kimono belts. Their shop has a short, but long noren. Most will max out around this length, but you’ll sometimes see very large ones if they’re used to protect from the sunlight or dust....

Upcycled Obi Furniture in Kyoto – Yurin
Upcycled Obi Furniture in Kyoto – Yurin

Upcycled Obi Furniture in Kyoto – Yurin

In our last post, we covered upcycled kimono infinity scarves, so today we’re introducing the magical world of upcycling obis. An obi is a kimono belt, and they are usually much, much thicker and firm than kimonos. They are meant to stay firm, and oftentimes have very heavy duty embroidered patterns on them. While kimonos usually Yurin (由凛) is a very interesting shop in the heart of Kyoto, near Nijo Castle, the biggest and most famous castle of Kyoto (and, yes, there are quite a few castles here). Yurin does quite a few things with each obi they obtain. I...