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wafuku – noun: traditional Japanese clothing

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I am a collector of vintage and antique wafuku (traditional Japanese clothing) such as kimonos, haori kimono jackets, obis, zori & geta etc. Having fed this addiction to these incredible pieces of wearable textile art and sumptuous silks for many years until the quantity I own got way, way out of hand. I hope you enjoy my blog.

When most people in Japan wore a traditional Japanese clothing daily, they each used to build up a sizeable collection over the years, all carefully stored. Now few Japanese are opting for traditional clothing and lifestyles, so they are parting with those collections. This does, however, make now a good time to get a vintage garment, while there are still many varied and beautiful kimono and such in Japan. On the other hand, it also means there are far less people now keeping or building collections of them. which, of course, also means the supply in Japan is not being maintained as before, so there won’t always be the fabulous variation of high quality, vintage Japanese garments available that there currently is.

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4 comments

  1. I have an antique kimono that my aunt received as a gift from a pen pal in Japan prior to WWII. A Japanese gentleman I knew in California told me it was made when the “old Yen” was still in use as the price tag is still attached inside the kimono and he said it is in the “old Yen”. I don’t know when that would have been, but I assume it was prior to 1941. There is not an obi but he told me that it has a family crest on it, I believe on the sleeves. Is there a market for these types of kimono’s? I would like someone who might it enjoy it to have it. Thank you for any advice!

    1. There is a market for any kimono if it is in good condition. It is just finding a way to reach a seller. I’d suggest eBay, it is a good place to sell such things as a private individual.

      1. My problem is that I have no idea what the value is. I know people want a good buy, but I don’t want to just give it away! I have never viewed kimono’s for sale to know where to start!
        Any ideas? Thank you!

      2. I can’t really help with value. It depends on many things. I’d have to have the kimono here to do that, however, although I do frequently get asked to, I never give valuations for other people’s kimonos.
        Perhaps you could look up kimono selling sites in your country and get an idea from those. You can check my site and see if you find anything you think is similar but there are a lot of kimono selling websites, so checking a few should give you an idea.

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