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"French Knots" Vintage Kimono

"French Knots" Vintage Kimono

Hand Embroidered

Regular price $125.00
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  • Ships from NY
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Sourced from Japan

This listing is for a vintage Japanese kimono from The Fuller Collection. See below for details on the provenance of this beautiful garment.

This kimono features a floral design almost entirely created with french knots -an embroidery technique that requires advanced skill and even more patience. 

The floral bouquets that dot the kimono were created first with a katagami stencil, then colored by brush with the yuzen technique, and finally embellished and detailed with hundreds of french knots.  Amazing.

The background silk is a very light pink. The silk lining is white with orange shading at the edges.

If you're going to wear this, browse our Obi Collection or email us for suggestions.

If you're going to display this, consider adding one of our Wooden Hanging Rods.

The Fuller Collection – originally over 2000 kimono – was the passion and pride of Richard Fuller of Chicago, IL and Wabasha, MN. Richard served as a US Marine in post-war Japan, and there began his love of and appreciation for vintage Japanese kimono – especially wedding kimono. Richard saw that the mastery and artisanship of traditional Japanese textile techniques was waning – threatening to die out altogether – which sparked his mission to promote this industry and preserve what he could. Click here to read one of his interviews.

Together with his wife Janith, Richard invested in thousands of kimono and obi, opening Wind Whisper West, a kimono gallery in Wabasha, MN in 2003. Most of the collection was sold there, but several hundred pieces remain. Richard passed in 2020, and Janith has consigned the remainder of the collection to Kyoto Kimono to offer through our website. We are honored and proud to be stewarding the Fuller Collection as each piece finds its new home and continues to bring wonder and beauty to admirers around the world.

Length: 63"
Width: 51"
Body/Hips: 42"
Made In (Estimated): 1960s
Condition: Excellent
Fiber: Silk
Technique: Embroidery, French Knots
Colors: Cream, Autumn Palette
Motifs: Floral


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