Plum Blossom Kimono offers vintage Japanese kimono, kimono scarves and obi pillows,
lavender sachets, textile cards and more

 The kimono are one-of-a-kind, VINTAGE, and hand-sewn by kimono makers. Due to exquisite workmanship and timeless design they are perfectly suited to modern wear.  I have a rotating stock of garments on hand in a dazzling array of fibers. I also personally sew silk kimono scarves and pillows made from obi sashes.  Please view the online catalog   for a current selection. For those customers in the Baltimore - D.C. area, please call me at 410 235-5125.  Customers may make appointments to shop from my sewing studio.  I appear as a vendor at various outdoor and indoor venues throughout the year:

Festival on the Hill (Bolton Hill)
 Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015  11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Bolton Street between W. LaFayette & W. Lanvale Steets, Baltimore, MD 21217
this is a terrific neighborhood festival with flower sales, music, great food, wine, and crafts

 If you have an interest in kimono, vintage clothing or textiles in general you can e-mail Susie Lipscher at  mailto:susie@plumblossomkimono.com   Sorry, I am unable to appraise your antique kimono for current market value.   Contact an antiques dealer who specializes in vintage textiles or consult a textile conservator for this service.   

Artistically and technically, the kimono is one of the most aesthetic of the national costumes of the world. Dating back to the eighth century, the kimono continues to be worn in the home and for ceremonial and theatrical costuming in Japanese culture. All kimono have a standard shape. Variations take their name depending on usage, textile and surface design. The shape provides for airiness to counter the humidity of the climate and comfort for freedom of movement. Textiles with elaborate weaves, embroidery, dyeing techniques, hand-painting and fine quality are used in kimono reserved for ceremonial or formal wear. Traditional color and designs to match the season determine the time of year they are worn.  For those interested in reading about these garments I suggest:

THE BOOK OF KIMONO by N. Yamanaka, KIMONO by Liza Dalby, TEXTILE ART OF JAPAN by Sunny Yang and M. Narasin, and MAKE YOUR OWN JAPANESE CLOTHES by John Marshall.  Also of interest are JAPANESE COUNTRY TEXTILES by Anna Jackson and THE CHANGING SEASONS - Quilt Patterns from Japan by Jill Liddell & Patchwork Quilt Tsushin.