27 2 / 2014
Anonymous asked: Is there a place where we can buy kimono or yukata from Nico Antique or similar, internationally? I really like their cute/modern/uncommon patterns combination.
I haven’t ordered on Rakuten from overseas, but I have heard that Rakuten has an international/English page. I believe not every store offers international shipping though.
If you have a proxy in Japan that can order for you, that is likely the smoothest option outside of Rakuten international.
I have tagged a few posts http://kimononagoya.tumblr.com/tagged/shopping that might be helpful online places, but I think I’ll make a separate page on the blog for shopping internationally as well.
27 2 / 2014
kiyotea asked: Hello! I have a question about kimono and juban! I'm hoping to wear kimono for a japanese festival in my area, but my juban has sleeves that are almost 20 cm shorter than the kimono I want to wear. I would try to let out the seam in the juban, but there is not enough fabric to do so. Would it be inappropriate to wear it the way it is?
This is a big pain that comes up often when buying vintage kimono, mostly because many old ones were custom made and can vary widely in the sleeve length and width for no apparent reason. :/ The ideal solution is to be able to buy (or quickly make??) a juban with appropriately long sleeves, but this isn’t always possible.
From what I understand, it’s a minor faux pas to have the sleeves too short inside the kimono…of course if they were too long, you could fold or pin them up somewhere.
If you can’t exchange kimono or find a longer juban, I can’t think of any other solution offhand other than somehow making new juban sleeves (I can’t do this myself, so I am not exactly recommending it).
You may have to bite the bullet on this one and wear short juban sleeves, and try not to let anyone take a photo of the back of your sleeves. XD