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. 

 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.   

Frederick Woman's Civic Club's Christkindlesmarkt
Saturday, November 22, 2014  10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Holly Hills Country Club
5502 Mussetter Road, Ijamsville, MD 21754

Out of Hand Craft Show
Sunday, December 7, 2014  10:00 am to 4:00pm
Knights of Columbus Hall, 201 Homeland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212
(off York Road & Woodburne or N. Charles Street behind College of Notre Dame)

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.

There is great fascination with the kimono in the western world both for the garment's function and decoration. Kimono are widely used in combination with western clothing for formal and casual use. They can be worn as daytime jackets, evening or casual wear, or presented as wall hangings. The prints of women in kimono and man in kimono that you see on this page came from  Jamie Marconi.

Other interesting links:

Japaneselifestyle -Comprehensive guide to Japanese kimono, obi and traditional Japanese fashion.

Shibori Studio of Japanese Textiles & Artworks