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"Third Wheel" Vintage Kimono

"Third Wheel" Vintage Kimono

Mandarin Ducks

Regular price $199.00
Regular price $249.00 Sale price $199.00
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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 details of that below).

We love this kimono for the colors and the story it suggests.

Cream background with a large angled portion of the design being red-banded seigaiha (overlapping wave) on the left side - the right side is white with floating red maple leaves. But wait, there's more.

Tucked together at the front hem is a pair of brightly colored mandarin ducks (which mate for life). One is blue, the other green, and each is painted and embellished with embroidery and gold leaf. Gorgeous - and perhaps they are the envy of the third mandaring duck (another blue one), that is watching from the back of the kimono.

Pink accent colors in some of the seigaiha waves.

We do offer hanging rods for displaying kimono - click here to browse the options.

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: 61"
Width: 50"
Body/Hips: 43"
Condition: Excellent Vintage
Material: Silk


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