This is one of two vintage kimonos that my cousin V brought back from Japan for me a few months ago. She thought that I might be able to use the fabric. Thanks again, V! I loved the fabric and was looking forward to making something with it. Only thing . . . the kimono is hand sewn and so well made that I couldn't bring myself to take it apart. I found a tutorial online that shows a kimono being taken apart here. You can see the workmanship involved.
A few days ago I decided that it was time, and I grabbed my seam ripper. The end-result fabric is exactly as described in the tutorial: "With most kimono the outer fabric will yield two very long full-width lengths that ran from the front of the kimono to the back hem, with a join down the centre back. There will also be two medium full-width lengths from the sleeves. Finally, there will be a number of narrower partial-width lengths that formed the collar. You may also have two short, narrow pieces from the inner opening of the sleeves, though these may also be in a contrast fabric."
So cool yah! Now I know what these two 14-inch-wide bolts of fabric that I got at a garage sale are. They're kimono fabric!
Here's a YouTube video I found of someone hand-sewing the beginnings of a kimono. Such amazing skill!
And then this video made my jaws drop. Unbelievable craftsmanship.
Not sure if this Google-translate link will work but the kimono in the video goes for only 429,800 yen (about $4,000)? Am I reading it right? Seems like it should cost way more. Yuzen-Takuma