Kimono Shop TAKAHARA
Expert of Japanese traditional clothing, kimono…
with experience of 125 years
If you visit Claude Monet’s last house in Giverny, France, you will find some rooms of which walls are fully decorated with a lot of Japanese “ukiyo-e” (literally meaning “the floating world”, old printed pictures produced during the Tokugawa shogunate). Monet (1840-1926) was so fascinated by ukiyo-e that he built a collection.
"Ukiyo-e" was printed during the Tokugawa shogunate when every people wore kimonos as daily cloths, and figures depicted in ukiyo-e are all in kimonos. Kimono was Japanese everyday clothes throughout shoguns’ domination, until Japan opened country to foreign trade and diplomacy approx. 150 years ago.
Well, even before shogunate, kimono had been Japanese people’s usual clothing from ancient times totally for more than 1000 years, changing its shapes according to each period.
By the way, how have you acknowledged kimono nowadays?
Gaudy or simple? Natural or artificial? Artistic works or some casual wear, or a kind of souvenir?
Kimono has all the above-mentioned aspects. Kimono is a nationwide industrial art object, and its usage is profound artistically and practically
Highest-ranked kimonos, elaborately handwoven or dyed by artisans can be regarded as artistic works, being even worthy of displays at museums; for example, textiles like silk embroidered with gold / silver threads, and embellished with gold leaf will take your breath away.
The good thing is not only its artistic value but also its practical usage. When you would like to be gorgeously dressed on some special occasions like your children’s weddings, flourish parties, etc., a dress created with the traditional techniques of kimono in its particularly flamboyant patterns & designs can be a good choice. It is possible to make shawls, scarves, western-styled dresses, etc, from kimono fabrics. Wearing such clothe can help you make yourself look unique.
There are a variety of manufacturing techniques that are specific to each region all over Japan. Some kimonos seem simple and quiet; but even so, craftsmen honour each region’s skilful, traditional craftsmanship and dedication to laborious work making a piece. Wearing it is the luxury of kimono.
There are some kimonos that are suitable for casual use. Materials used for precious kimono are silk or high-end hemp, but other natural materials such as cotton, wool, and ordinary hemp are also used, still in regionally developed procedures.
Besides, nowadays some kimono fabrics are made from synthetic fibers. It does not spoil the quintessential tender & elegant atmosphere of kimono’s color & design, though. Polyester’s wash-ablity enables you to wear it daily. It is easy to deal with, and still fashionable enough. It may be fun to wear such a dress on more casual, but still chic occasions; for instance, when eating out, going shopping or concerts, and so on. It should be different from anything you can get at souvenir shops at tourist spots.
Last but not least, do you know that kimono fabrics can be made into interior decorations such as table-cloths, tapestries, sofa & cushion covers, bed spreads, and so on? It may also be interesting just to hang a frame with fabric inside, like a picture.
Then, Monet’s favorite tastes may appear in your house as well…… It is not only TOYOTA, UNIQLO, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, where cool Japan exists.
Whenever you feel like buying those very Japanese cloths, dresses, accessories, etc, please just write to us, to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We, with experience of 125 years in the kimono field, will help you find your favorite one, meeting a balance of price and quality.
Kimono Shop TAKAHARA
Open: Fri. - Wed.
1814-1 Kawanoe-cho, Shikoku-chuo City
799-0101 Ehime Prefecture
Aprox. 1 hour by train (Yosan-sen line) from Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture