Within this kimono gallery we have arranged about a thousand select vintage and antique kimonos into four general price categories. During the Edo, Meiji and Taisho eras in Japan, there was no arbitrary division of art into fine arts and decorative arts, as is prevalent in Western art. Eminent artists were commissioned to design textiles and each work was an original creation. Although Japanese textile artists borrowed freely from Western art ideas during the first half of the 20th century, it is notable that during the late 19th and early 20th centuries Japanese art and general aesthetics had an immense impact on the West, inspiring the rise of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Minimalism. Many of the kimonos in this gallery were created during the early 20th century: a special time in Japan when a rapid growth of wealth and confidence - in combination with one of the world's great textile traditions - resulted in garments that can be considered important art. We have selected for the gallery what we feel are the best kimonos in terms of superior artistry, rarity and condition. The Japanese rightly considered kimonos to be works of art, often using them to hang over screens and decorate their rooms. Collectors and wearers worldwide agree.
Kimono condition note: We endeavour to purchase kimonos that are superior both in terms of aesthetics as well as condition, however, the fact is that the vast majority of extant vintage and antique kimonos have small imperfections due to age and use. Such slight imperfections that exist within many of the rare and unique garment art-pieces show-cased in this gallery are considered understandable and acceptable to most. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.