YokoDanaKimono

Wholesale Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabrics and Handmade

Newark, Delaware | 131 Sales

YokoDanaKimono

Wholesale Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabrics and Handmade

Newark, Delaware 131 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars (32)

Announcement   Love Japanese fabric? Japan's fabrics,textile arts? We have Wholesale Vintage Kimono by pound,Japanese vintage kimono fabric pieces for quilters, fiber artists,designers,decorators since 1989; Third generation (in Japan)antique arts dealer family offering recycled vintage kimonos,Japanese fabrics and remnant vintage kimono Japanese fabric; 10lbs minimum, Best price out there for this top quality. Unsolicited testimonials available upon request. ALSO - Handmade in Japan, Shipping from Delaware USA- Purses, bags, kimono accessories; CAN SHIP BY FEDEX GROUND, NOT LISTED DURING CHECKOUT, WE'LL REFUND; NO PO BOXES WITHOUT A STREET ADDRESS FOR FEDEX GROUND.

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Last updated on Nov 9, 2018

Love Japanese fabric? Japan's fabrics,textile arts? We have Wholesale Vintage Kimono by pound,Japanese vintage kimono fabric pieces for quilters, fiber artists,designers,decorators since 1989; Third generation (in Japan)antique arts dealer family offering recycled vintage kimonos,Japanese fabrics and remnant vintage kimono Japanese fabric; 10lbs minimum, Best price out there for this top quality. Unsolicited testimonials available upon request. ALSO - Handmade in Japan, Shipping from Delaware USA- Purses, bags, kimono accessories; CAN SHIP BY FEDEX GROUND, NOT LISTED DURING CHECKOUT, WE'LL REFUND; NO PO BOXES WITHOUT A STREET ADDRESS FOR FEDEX GROUND.

Yoko Lewis

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About

YokoDana Kimono: Bulk Vintage Japanese Kimonos, Fabrics & More since 1989

I was born into a family of Japanese art & antiques dealers in rural Japan (Kyushu, the southernmost island). Surrounded as I was by traditional Japanese textiles and all sorts of Japanese art/antique I naturally developed a love and appreciation of them. While in those days women were not supposed to be involved as dealers, nonetheless, I was mentored by my grandfather and my father, both of whom were dealers selling to Japanese antique dealers etc from the city.

I moved to the USA in 1977 with my husband Dana and daughter Michelle and very quickly became involved in the collectible and antique scene in Pennsylvania, in particular Lancaster County (Amish country) and southeast PA.

In 1989, after our daughter went off to college I started an export-import business specializing first in textiles and collectibles. In time we moved onto the internet as www.yokodana.com in 1998 and as we all know, it's been quite a ride for all of us since then on the wild wild web.

My true love is older Japanese kimono and fabrics from pre-1970, when they were made in Japan, many by-hand. While I admire the ornate wedding kimono(s), I'm more partial to the vintage everyday-wear garments. As my sister and brother in law are in the recycling business, and a family friend has a large company dealing in vintage & textiles Japan-wide, it was a natural progression for me to deal in vintage kimono on my Etsy Store.

We've been catering to artists, quilters, hobbyists and a variety of creative modalities (it's amazing how people use these vintage kimonos!) and in the last few years we've narrowed our focus to vintage Japanese fabrics and kimonos sold in bulk by pound -- 10lbs minimum.

On etsy.com I find many kindred spirits and thought it would be nice to offer my bulk vintage kimono by the pound. As time goes on I may add some things I and my sisters in Japan (master level kimono-makers) have made using our vintage kimono fabrics.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 9, 2018
Welcome to YokoDana Kimono! Before introducing our products, a little bit about us --

YokoDana Kimono (called 'YokoDana' by our fans & customers) is run by Yoko Lewis in the United States, with family members handling the Japan side of things. This is her story:

Yoko is the third generation of a family in rural Japan which has been buying, selling & collecting Japanese art & antiques for almost 100 years. Growing up she was surrounded by beautiful traditional Japanese artwork, textiles and collectibles. In addition to all the knowledge passed on to her from her father & grandfather, Yoko also has inherited a passion for these traditional arts and textiles of Japan, and takes great pleasure in making these things available to more people around the world.

Having staff in Japan and the USA --family at that -- most often can eliminates the usual 'middle-men' expense, which we pass on to you by our very low prices. Since we get our bulk kimonos directly from sources in Japan we can offer our bulk kimonos and vintage kimono fabrics at highly competitive prices.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
1. USA Customers' RETURN POLICY for Bulk Kimono Products:

We encourage first-time buyers to carefully review the FAQ section (frequently asked questions) to avoid disappointment and need to return. We also have unsolicited testimonials which we can provide upon request.

We DO accept returns on your first order, but not partial returns, of by-pound products. If you do not like it, return the entire package & get a refund, less the amount we paid to ship it initially and a $5.00 restocking fee per carton.Buyer pays cost of return shipping. The return policy is not intended as an approval basis or consignment, but as a protection for new buyers. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

If your package arrives and it has been soiled or damaged in transit, please inform us immediately and we will provide further instructions. If it is not what you imagined it to be, please let us know immediately, no later than 72 hours after delivery. We will give you instructions and authorization to return. To qualify for a refund, PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR ORDER WITHOUT GETTING OUR ADVANCE AUTHORIZATION.

Upon our receipt of the original package in the same condition, we will pay a refund to you in the same manner as you paid us, issuing you a credit card credit, or sending a check for the cost of the merchandise, less initial shipping cost & restocking fee of $5.00 per carton.

We issue the refund within one business day of our receipt of the returned package (unless we are out of the office).If the material was damaged in transit, restocking fees do not apply. If you wish to ask any questions, please send message to Yoko Lewis or call at local/International: +302-353-4506.
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2. International Customers' RETURN POLICY,
IMPORTANT EXCEPTION FOR INTERNATIONAL BUYERS OF BY-POUND PRODUCTS RETURNS:

International shipments of bulk kimono products ARE NOT returnable nor refundable. If this is a concern to you, please contact us prior to ordering. The main reason for this policy is the cost to return, and the possiblity of our incurring import or duties charges etc upon re-entry to USA. Therefore, please be sure to carefully review ALL our information before deciding. We have MANY satisfied international customers and feel free to check with us about our experience shipping to your country (as to duties etc).

3. HANDMADE ITEMS RETURN POLICY: For our hand-made Purses, bags and hair accessories--We must be notified within 48 hours of receipt to obtain return authorization. Buyer pays return shipping if rejecting for matters of taste; If items are damaged in transit an insurance claim should be filed by customer, as well as notifying us.
Payment
In addition to payment through the Etsy gateway we also have our own merchant card for payment by: American Express, MasterCard, Visa & Discover; also accept Paypal.com, US Dollar International certified bank drafts, USA and most international postal money orders, and personal or business USA checks; checks are held for clearance. Please be mindful for non-USA customers that any VAT, import duties or fees are paid at your end upon receipt and are your responsibility. If you are concerned about this, contact us and we'll tell you of our customers' duties experience with your country has been, as we've shipped all over the world.
Shipping
1. BULK WHOLESALE SHIPPING POLICIES:
Bulk kimono packages ship by United States Postal Service (USPS) or FedEx GROUND; shipping price includes insurance. USA CANADA & MEXICO: FEDEX GROUND AVAILABLE (NOT TO PO BOX WITHOUT A STREET ADDRESS) BUT FEDEX RATES NOT SHOWN THROUGH ETSY.COM CHECKOUT. WE ADVISE AND REFUND DIFFERENCE (OFTEN SUBSTANTIAL).You can message us to learn FedEx Ground rate just email name & shipping address by convo or email. yokodana.usa [!at] gmail.com
2. Our Hand-Made Collections (purses,bags, accessories) are shipping included to USA customers.
3. DHL International Express available for most international locations. Contact us before ordering to get rates.
Additional policies and FAQs
OUR EXTENSIVE BULK KIMONO PACKAGES FAQ FOLLOW, PLEASE READ THEM:

CAVEAT EMPTOR --***Please** SAVE US BOTH SOME TIME AND EFFORT, PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING {smile}:

If you've never bought vintage clothing of any kind, especially vintage kimono, we ask you to take the time to read this if you are seriously considering our bulk products, as they differ in many ways from newly manufactured goods. Taking the extra time to read everything here before your purchase will help you make a more informed decision.

I. BACKGROUND & PRE-PURCHASE SUGGESTIONS:

We have been selling bulk kimonos (by pound) for quite awhile now. As a result, we have learned that by-the-pound buying and selling is rather different compared to buying newly made items, so much more explanation is needed to maximize understanding.

Therefore, we ask your patience but need to stress that before deciding to buy we ask you to carefully review ALL the information here. At the risk of overstating things, we repeat that it is essential that you read all our information (not just the product description page, as these are 100% the result
of customers' input and are essential to understanding this product. These are things which we are most oftened asked about our bulk kimono packages, all from past customers:

II. FAQ -- Frequently Asked Questions About Our By-Pound Kimono

1. "As a person who works as a textile artist involving dye work etc., I like to work with pure natural silks. When you say you include 'synthetics' in the A package, how many will there be?"

First some background on this: In the 1960's and 1970's, as the cost of natural (labor intensive) silks rose with increased demand within Japan, the Japanese fabric industries began experimenting with blends of synthetics of all sorts with natural silks, as well as all synthetic fabrics which were made to replicate the look, touch and feel of true natural silk. Some of these synthetics and blends are so good that even those experienced in identifying fabrics have trouble distinguishing them.

Also, as the older silks (all natural silk) steadily become fewer and fewer, their costs naturally rise. Also, with the advent of the internet and on-line auctions in Japan, many there who would have recycled old silk garments now are selling them directly instead of giving to recyclers. This results in fewer all-silks in the 'vintage pool'. But to get to your question, our A packages are comprised of mostly all-silks and silk blends, with a minority of all synthetics, the latter being included only when they are higher quality and aesthetic value.

2. "Where do you get all these old kimono(s) for your by-pound packages?"

Please read our about us section to learn more about Yoko and how she works closely with her family in Japan. Her family's network of alliances within the Japanese textiles trades serve us well. Also, our family has been in the recycling industry for some time. Our sources for these kimono are from throughout Japan using our connections in the Japanese recycling industry as well as other sources (auctions, markets, store liquidations, estate sales,family network, IN JAPAN etc.)These connections enable us to get prime and timely access to good volumes of these old kimono ahead of many Japanese dealers and brokers. Also, as we need no 'middle-man', we are able to procure these for substantially less than most other brokers or wholesalers, who must go through brokers, travel to Japan, etc. We bring the "A" package kimonos in directly from Japan on a routine basis throughout the year.

3."What do you mean by 'vintage'?"

When we say "vintage" we mean what recyclers of used clothing call, "Grades 1-2 used"; These kimonos are used, worn and vary from 50+ years to 10 years old; Some of them 'deadstock', meaning they may be *at least* 10-20 years old, were never sold and are like 'new', just have been on a shelf somewhere for years. None of our pieces are shredded or cut "rags"; Almost all pieces are intact kimono of all sorts, and the occasional coverlet or remnant (for example: kimonos may have the occasional sleeve missing). We also discuss the definition of 'vintage' in an interview available in an on-line audio available upon request.

4."In general, who buys these vintage by-pound kimonos from you?"

Many of our customers are quiltmakers. In addition we sell to many designers, crafters & artisans, couturiers, dressmakers & artists. Many buyers are groups of quilters who gather together to make a purchase. We have supplied costumes to several professional stage productions, festivals, a professional costume company and other individual performers. We also supply makers of everything from bags, vests,scarves to kitchen decor pieces. We also sell these bundles to other small businesses who then take them apart & either make new items, or sell kits to quilters. We are aware that some of our business buyers sell these kimonos as used garments, and while we do not sell with that express intent, we do not object.

5. "Why aren't you including obi in the by-pound?"

Our price to buy obis in Japan has gone up. The demand, even in Japan, for vintage obi has risen dramatically.This makes it harder & more costly for us to get obi. They are now far less likely to be included in our 'by pound' lots than they were even a year ago. In general, any obis we have in the by-pound mix are not in good shape, so if we include them, they will be added to the completed order, more or less as a 'scrap'. Some artists are able to use these and we know this. If you are one of them, it won't hurt to ask when you order. Any further questions please write/call Yoko directly.

6. "How much flexibility do I have in choosing what goes in the mix (For "A Package"), within the specs you list on your store (for example, can you give me all silk, or mostly red and bright colors)?"

Some background information before I answer this one: We are basically a mom & pop web store. We are not set up in the US to do processing/sorting. We pre-sort these in Japan before they are shipped here. We do the final selection for each order by hand here. Since we buy in volume, selected to be fairly balanced across all the different types & criteria, if we were to deviate, then soon we would not be able to give all customers a balanced mix. In general we cannot deviate much from the way we describe the bulk packages in the product description and FAQs. Your best bet is to let us know what you're looking for and we can tell you if we can meet your needs.

7. "I used to get bulk kimonos by the bale somewhere else, but they went out of business. Can you send me bulk kimono in bales?"

We prefer not to bale these vintage kimono/fabrics, particularly the silks. In fact, we bring them into the US in boxes; these are not baled from the time we get these in Japan until we seal the box for UPS to pick up your order. We do not like what the baling wire or strapping does to many of the older fabrics, so even when we ship to customers we use boxes. All items are folded or lain flat in the carton. So, in a nutshell -- we do not bale our bulk kimonos.

8. "Do you sell other types of kimono packages, such as only cottons, all synthetics or men's garments?"

Please check our web site for latest word on what kimono packages are currently available. Just go to www.yokodana.com.

9. "How do some of your customers use these kimonos creatively?(A Package)"

*Table Runners
*Centerpiece for Table (tied into ribbon)
*Place Mats
*Coasters
*Framing (make a picture out of kimono piece itself)
*Matting for pictures/framing
*Wall hanging
*Window Treatment(swags)
*Clothing items (vest,shirt etc or as part of other accessory)
*Handbags/purses
*Luggage rack (placed over a folding wooden frame luggage stand)
*Coffee table (used wooden stand, place obi, then glass top)
*Pillows, cushions
*Pins & brooches
*Pin Cushions
*Tote bag
*Cabinetry, as runner in groove of sliding door of antique cabinet
*Furniture (hand-made chairs and benches)
*High end fashion designers used kimono silks in making one-of-kind designer dresses (Europe, China)
*Dyers and mixed media artists used kimono fabrics in their artwork and projects.
*Laptop computer bags
*Ladies' Shoes(high heels, Hetty Rose UK)
*Rock Musician and Songwriter, wears while onstage.
*Used in making 18th Century Boys Suit.

SHIPPING COSTS:
We will refund the difference if your shipping charge was more than the actual cost.