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Festive Upcycled Obi Christmas Stockings

Festive Upcycled Obi Christmas Stockings

What makes a perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves Japan? A Christmas stocking made out of a vintage obi! Etsy seller SamuraiSeamstress has been making some beautiful Christmas stockings on their store, which just opened up this year. Many people upcycle vintage obis into clutches and bags, but this is one of the rarer...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...