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Japanese wedding kimono (in Japanese they are called uchikake) are traditionally very colorful in shades of red and other vibrant colors, liberally embroidered with auspicious symbols. We have many such uchikake in our collection, including some for sale. We have photographed each of these and have photographs available (on loan) for those who are interested in acquiring one of these treasures for display as works of art. Some appear on this website and can be seen by clicking on WEDDING KIMONO or UCHIKAKE.
In recent years, there has been a trend toward pure white wedding kimono, probably influenced by Western white bridal gowns. These white uchikake are made of heavy silk crepe and satin in smooth, faille or jacquard weaves with heavy white embroidery of auspicious symbols (cranes, flowers, pines, bamboo, waves). Some of these white uchikake also have touches of gold, silver or irridescent threads woven into the embroidered symbols. While living in Japan, we were fortunate to become acquainted with the owners of a major wedding kimono shop who allowed us to buy many white wedding kimono at reasonable prices. We have taken apart many of these kimono and offer the panels of kimono yardage, both dyed and undyed. In dyeing the silk, the subtle jacquards and embroideries woven in the fabrics take on a new and more striking prominence.
The undyed white piece has a pattern BUT look what happens when dye is applied! Dyeing is easy and the jacquard appears to jump from the fabric. The dyes we use and highly recommend are available from Ginny Eckley at COLOR HUE DYES. These dyes are easy to mix, environmentally friendly, non-toxic and set instantly.
We have removed all of these from our website and are only selling them at shows or you can email at email@example.com us for more information.
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