The Kimono Collection
The kimono is the embodiment and ultimate expression of everything Japanese, symbolising elegance and harmony, concepts that are integral and uniquely important to Japanese culture. At Wasoukan our authentic kimonos are exquisitely crafted from the finest traditional Japanese fabrics and manufactured by highly skilled craftsmen using methods and techniques passed down through the generations for more than 1300 years.
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Furisode (振袖) literally translates as swinging sleeves and is the most formal kimono for unmarried women, with colourful patterns that cover the entire garment. They are worn at coming-of-age ceremonies (seijin shiki) and by unmarried female relatives of the bride at weddings.
Hōmongi (訪問着) literally translates as visiting wear. Characterized by patterns that flow over the shoulders, seams and sleeves, Hōmongi may be worn by both married and unmarried women; often friends of the bride will wear hōmongi at weddings and receptions. They may also be worn to formal parties.
Iromuji (色無地) are single-coloured kimonos that may be worn by married and unmarried women. They are mainly worn to tea ceremonies. It comes from the word “muji” which means plain or solid and “iro” which means colour.
Komon (小紋) means fine pattern. The term refers to kimonos with a small, repeated pattern throughout the garment. The pattern is applied to the fabric using several different techniques, such as stencil dyeing (型染), shibori (tie-dyeing, 絞り), and bin-gata (紅型). This style is more casual and may be worn around town, or dressed up with a formal obi for a restaurant. Both married and unmarried women may wear a komon.
New Haori Jacket
Haori (羽織) is a hip or thigh-length kimono-like jacket, which adds formality to an outfit. Haori were originally worn only by men, until it became a fashion for women in the Meiji period. They are now worn by both men and women. Our New Haroi Jacket is a modern take on this traditional garment and demonstrates that our garments can even be worn in modern western settings.
Modern, stylish jackets made using vibrantly colourful traditional Japanese fabric designs.