Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Using Kimonos in home decor

Main Entry: ki·mo·no
Pronunciation: \kə-ˈmō-(ˌ)nō, -nə\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural ki·mo·nos
Etymology: Japanese, clothes, from ki wearing + mono thing
Date: 1886
1 : a long robe with wide sleeves traditionally worn with a broad sash as an outer garment by the Japanese
2 : a loose dressing gown or jacket
— ki·mo·noed \-(ˌ)nōd, -nəd\ adjective

Years ago, a friend of mine brought me a vintage kimono from Japan.  Made of silk and in vibrant colors, I wanted to display it rather than wear it.  So, I found a slim curtain rod, some large black hooks and fashioned it into a display over my bed.  It is simple, elegant, and dear to my heart.   

Decorating your home with kimonos couldn't be easier.  You can find them in local vintage and antique shops or online.  Two other ideas to get the same look without buying a kimono:  simply drape fabric onto a rod in the shape of a kimono (the shape is just two rectangles) or cut colorful paper into rectangle shapes and frame them. 

Here are kimonos I found on Etsy:

vintage postcard by Global Texture
vintage kimono from HapaHaus
kimono origami card by Nina Martell
original print by Crystal Smith
kimono necklace by Something Kawaii

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