Scarves and Wraps made from Japanese Kimonos

Santa Cruz, California

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Note from shop owner Shop is closed temporarily, and will reopen soon.

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Last updated on May 17, 2019

Shop is closed temporarily, and will reopen soon.

Charles Goodwin

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About KesaDesigns

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The rich textural history of Japanese fabrics are chosen for their unique quality and beauty. I design shawls, wraps, scarves out of vintage kimonos.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
KESA the Name

"Kesa" is a sacred vestment traditionally made from discarded pieces of fabric which are sewn together. The creation of something sacred from something ordinary is symbolic of our deep desire for tradition and sustainability.

Following the Tradition

Kesa Designs recycles period silk kimonos and Japanese fabrics. Silk is legendary for its luxuriousness and durability. Rare kimono cloth, art that might have been lost, is transformed into fashions that renew these remarkable robes into stunning, contemporary pieces.

We at Kesa Designs follow the Japanese tradition of resourcefulness in everyday life. New kimono cloth was a valuable product only the wealthy could afford. Ordinary Japanese citizens wore hand me downs from family, or bought used kimonos from second hand shops. Retired kimonos were used as material for all kinds of clothing and accessories, and even burned to ash for use in dyeing fabrics, or in fertilizers.

Our scarves are unique and beautiful expressions in keeping with historical reverence. With changes in Japanese cultural customs, kimonos are no longer regularly worn. The artists who spun, dyed, and wove kimono fabrics are now a part of history, but the result of their work lives on in our products. Japanese fabrics are rare, original and often one of a kind. With diminishing sources,
Kesa Designs apparel echoes rareness.

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Returns and exchanges
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, notify us by e-mail within 30 days. Shipping charges for returned items are your responsibility. Please include a copy of the original shipping invoice with your returned item.

A returned item must be in its original condition, and show no sign of wear.
You can pay for your purchase using your PayPal account, or via credit card using the web services of PayPal (even if you do not have a PayPal account).
We ship all packages via USPS priority mail. Each package is insured against loss via USPS, and requires a signature upon receipt for delivery confirmation.

At the present time, we only ship to destinations within the United States. We expect to add options for international shipment soon. Contact us via e-mail at kesa [!at] or via an Etsy Conversation with KesaDesigns if you wish to purchase an item to be sent outside the United States, or if you wish to upgrade your shipment for express delivery.