Garment Care

Proper care and attention are extremely important in keeping your Kimono vibrant, clean, and longer lasting. It’s important to do it correctly so as not to damage the Kimono.

Washing

In the past, a Kimono would often be entirely taken apart for washing, and then re-sewn for wearing. We recommend taking your Kimono to a dry cleaner to ensure it is receiving the proper care. Check if your Kimono has gold embroidery as you would need to mention that to a dry cleaner.

Ironing

We don’t suggest using the steam setting when using an iron with your kimono. Make sure to use the iron with a thin cotton fabric over the Kimono to avoid damaging the fabric and potentially making it shiny. Please use a dry iron and always at a very low temperature. It’s vital that you don’t directly touch the silk with the iron otherwise you can burn or mark the sensitive fabrics and threading.

Storing

To prolong your vintage garment, please keep it out of direct sunlight. Some countries have insects that love silk and woolen clothing so you may want to use something to protect against them. Mothballs work well, but are poisonous and have a lingering odor. For best results and adhering to traditional preservation techniques, we recommend non-fibrous or washi (tatoushi) paper to wrap your Kimono and envelop the garment for protection and storage. This will keep the Kimono both protected from insects and dry, as humidity is another factor in the preservation of the fabric.