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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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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...

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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...