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.
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.
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.
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.