With the correct care, you can preserve the original beauty of your KOMOREBI for many years and generations to come.
A long time ago in Japan, the traditional way of cleaning a kimono was to undo all the stitching and lay out the pieces on a wooden board. The pieces were then carefully washed and dried and then hand-sewn back together.
These kimono care instructions explain how to wash, dry and store yours, so you can continue to enjoy it for many years to come.
It is advisable to wash the kimono only in extreme situations, such as the existence of stains. If your kimono simply needs freshening up, hang it outside on a dry, breezy day away from direct sunlight and repeat for as many consecutive days as necessary. This can also help remove creases.
Washing a cotton kimono is usually very straightforward, involving a gentle machine wash at 30 ºC (86 ºF).
Cleaning a silk kimono is complex and should preferably be done at a laundry shop because it is the only way to ensure that the colors, fabrics and hand stitching of this fragile piece will not be damaged. Try to find one who has experience in dealing with fine silks and who can give your kimono the special care and attention it deserves.
Cotton kimono can be carefully ironed at a temperature not exceeding 210 ºC (410 ºF).
Ironing silk kimono should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. If yours has become severely creased, lay it shiny side down on an ironing board and place a thin, white piece of cotton on the reverse of the fabric. Dry iron at a very low temperature, turning up the heat very gradually if needed. Be careful not to touch the silk directly with the iron.
Once your kimono is ready for storage, fold it in the traditional way using the instructions below before placing it in your KOMOREBI bag. In Japan, silk kimono are often wrapped in thin paper first to keep them dry, as humidity can stain them over time. There is a special paper called tatou-shi designed for this purpose, but you can easily replace it by any thin, non-fibrous paper.