ABOUT FARUTA

     Inspired by Japanese historic Kimono tradition and making the Kimono an easily wearable accessory for modern styling. These vintage and antique Kimonos are carefully hand-selected and modified to preserve their authentic identity.

     The problem with wearing a traditional Kimono casually as outerwear is its overly long length. Without an obi belt, the garment will fall to the ground and the collar may not sit as traditionally intended. To overcome this, our concept was to maintain the essence of the original pieces, but shorten their length and adjusting the collar so the garments will hang as beautiful longer open outerwear and thus FARUTA was born out of this vision.

     If you inspect the edges of a Kimono, you might be surprised to find no visible stitching, everything is hidden using a special inner stitching technique that can only be done by hand and by specialists. In addition, the hem of a Kimono shows an accent of the inner fabric as part of the traditional design. At FARUTA, our adjustments preserve the integrity of both the inner stitching and the outer hem of the original and we only use experienced artisans that have learned these techniques through generational teachings. With the fabric left over after the modifications, we create a handsome bag that your garment will live in for safekeeping and transportation on its many exciting journeys with you.

Founder story
     After traveling the world for over two years and picking up inspirations from all of its corners, the founder returned with the belief that traditional Japanese garments could be modified to live in harmony with the modern world. Born in Belarus, growing up in Tokyo and living in New York and London for over 15 years and with mixed Japanese and Russian heritage, the FARUTA founder and graphic designer was perfectly placed to understand how traditional items could bring an exciting dimension to the fashion zeitgeist of the moment outside of Japan.

ABOUT FARUTA

    Inspired by Japanese historic Kimono tradition and making the Kimono an easily wearable accessory for modern styling. These vintage and antique Kimonos are carefully hand-selected and modified to preserve their authentic identity.

     The problem with wearing a traditional Kimono casually as outerwear is its overly long length. Without an obi belt, the garment will fall to the ground and the collar may not sit as traditionally intended. To overcome this, our concept was to maintain the essence of the original pieces, but shorten their length and adjusting the collar so the garments will hang as beautiful longer open outerwear and thus FARUTA was born out of this vision.

     If you inspect the edges of a Kimono, you might be surprised to find no visible stitching, everything is hidden using a special inner stitching technique that can only be done by hand and by specialists. In addition, the hem of a Kimono shows an accent of the inner fabric as part of the traditional design. At FARUTA, our adjustments preserve the integrity of both the inner stitching and the outer hem of the original and we only use experienced artisans that have learned these techniques through generational teachings. With the fabric left over after the modifications, we create a handsome bag that your garment will live in for safekeeping and transportation on its many exciting journeys with you.

Founder story
     After traveling the world for over two years and picking up inspirations from all of its corners, the founder returned with the belief that traditional Japanese garments could be modified to live in harmony with the modern world. Born in Belarus, growing up in Tokyo and living in New York and London for over 15 years and with mixed Japanese and Russian heritage, the FARUTA founder and graphic designer was perfectly placed to understand how traditional items could bring an exciting dimension to the fashion zeitgeist of the moment outside of Japan.

GARMENT CARE

Proper care and attention is extremely important in keeping your Kimono vibrant, clean, and longer lasting. However, it’s important to do it in the right way so as not to damage the Kimono. 

Washing
In the past, a Kimono would often be entirely taken apart for washing, and then re-sewn for wearing. We recommend taking your Kimono to a dry cleaner to ensure it is receiving the proper care. Check if your Kimono has gold embroidery as you would need to mention that to a dry cleaner. 

Ironing 
We don’t suggest using the steam setting when using an iron with your kimono. Make sure to use the iron with a thin cotton fabric over the Kimono to avoid damaging the fabric and potentially making it shiny. Please use a dry iron and always at a very low temperature. It’s vital that you don’t directly touch the silk with the iron otherwise you can burn or mark the sensitive fabrics and threading.

How to fold a Kimono
Like many other traditional Japanese garments, there are specific ways to fold a Kimono. These methods help to preserve the garment and to keep it from creasing when stored. 

Storing 
To prolong your vintage garment, please keep out of direct sunlight. Some countries have insects that love silk and woolen clothing so you may want to use something to protect against them. Mothballs work well, but are poisonous and have a lingering odor. For best results and adhering to traditional preservation techniques, we recommend non-fibrous or washi (tatoushi) paper to wrap your Kimono and envelop the garment for protection and storage. This will keep the Kimono both protected from insects and dry, as humidity is another factor in the preservation of the fabric.