Display: Kimono

Display: Kimono

kimono-displayphotograph Credit: Marjon Hoogervorst

Years ago I bought a Furisode kimono from the Ichiroya flea market. This was originally part of an elaborate Halloween costume that involved me buying multiple books (in Japanese!) on how to tie an obi, which I’ll tell you is not for the faint of heart.


After wearing the costume, I packed everything away with the intention of displaying it in my home somewhere eventually. I pulled it out again for my portrait when I was pregnant with Bebedele, because, lets be real, NOTHING ELSE FIT.


And NOW, I want to finally display it somewhere in my house that looks amazing. I don’t want a super structured display, and I don’t want it to feel like those apartments of people who display ninja swords. ( I know you know who I mean. The guy with two swords sitting on top of his t.v. stand and a Bruce Lee poster in the bedroom.)

Photo Credit: Hollister Hovey

The most informal display image I found was this image by Hollister Hovey, and it’s kind of perfect. Now I just need to find the right little nook…

Thanks for reading,


  • Leslie Fandrich

    January 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm Reply

    I really do like them on a horizontal pole, so you can see all the detail, but I do see how it’s more formal. Is there an unused/overlooked spot? In our old house we had a ton of wall space in the stairwell going upstairs that would have been perfect. Good luck! It’s beautiful.

    • pippinpearl

      January 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm Reply

      I don’t mind the pole idea SO much, but it’s just so FLAT. I like to see more of the shape of it as it would be on a person. I draped it over my dress form in the corner and it looks pretty amazing. I might leave it like that! I wish I had a big wooden jointed mannequin, like those little figure drawing models… Then I could pose it….

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