"Ikat Diamonds" Woman's Summer Kimono
is a summer kimono - light weight and unlined - meant for the hot days
of Japan – and would be layered over an underkimono for a casual or
Great single ikat weave of elongated diamonds. Light colored kimono in a lovely cream with gray, black, and pink design.
Very good vintage condition with a light blemish on the collar, see photo.
See the video below on how to wear a summer kimono - it's the same casual way that a yukata is worn.
These also make great robes, and can be worn with one of our simple sashes. We also sell Japanique Robes - vintage kimono with a shortened length and matching belt - great for lounging!
Ikat (also called kasuri) is a centuries-old method of weaving where the
threads are dyed before being woven, so that the design appears on the
loom. Ikat is a very labor-intensive textile art form, still very much
revered in Japan and elsewhere. See the amazing process in the video
The Banker's Collection: The
Banker was a successful American executive who worked internationally –
in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia – appreciating the local
cultures but drawn to traditional textiles. One day, while working in
Indonesia, he was surprised to find an unusual Japanese kimono displayed
in a showroom of a local textile producer – it incorporated design
elements drawn from Indonesia’s batik traditions but was made for the
Japanese market. It was in that shop, discussing the kimono with the
shop owner, that he became – in his heart – a collector of kimono. On
his next trip to Japan, he visited museums, shopped at local markets,
and sought out source books on kimono. And when his career took him to
Japan for work, kimono was the vehicle he used as his entry into
studying Japanese culture. The Banker – who later became a teacher in
Japan – purchased his collection over many years of work and travel, as
his appreciation for Japanese textiles deepened along with his
admiration of Japanese culture. He is happy to work with Kyoto Kimono to
offer his collection to a clientele who can appreciate the value of
each piece as much as he does.