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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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What is a kimono?

“Kimono” (着物) quite literally translates as “wearing thing” (as in “thing you/to wear”). While this was the original meaning of the word, the modern-day meaning is a specific type of traditional Japanese garment. Most of the things you see online and in stores calling themselves “kimonos” have almost nothing to do with actual kimonos. I...