Vintage kimono fabric handpicked from Japan

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Note from shop owner Due to health reasons, I'm taking a little break, I hope to be back soon. I hope you and yours are well and safe.
x Melanie

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 30, 2020

Due to health reasons, I'm taking a little break, I hope to be back soon. I hope you and yours are well and safe.
x Melanie

Melanie Augustin

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About KimonoReincarnate

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On Etsy since 2008

How Kimono Reincarnate Began

I fell in love with Japanese Kimono fabrics when I first went to Japan. I love their design, their colours and the symbolism of the motifs used. I would watch in awe women in the streets when they were dressed in the traditional wear. To me, it’s like seeing a fine piece of artwork moving through the everyday scene.

Sadly, my curvy body shape doesn’t match well with straight lines of the Kimono. Still I greedily wanted a share of these lush textiles. That was how Kimono Reincarnate was born.
I seek out these gorgeous textiles and turn them into items that can be more easily used everyday. I give new life to fabrics that time has passed by. Much of my collection was gathered at antique markets and specialist secondhand stores during the six years I was living in Japan. I now travel to Japan each year to purchase more fabric and to soak in the inspiration all around.

As each piece of kimono fabric I use is either vintage or antique, the resulting piece handmade by myself from it is unique. I love to hold the fabric and imagine the life it has lead in the past before I breathe a new life, its second life, into it.

The Kimono Reincarnate range has continued to develop and expand as I'm influenced by not just the traditional but also the Japanese "kawaii" (Japanese word for "cute"), and the fresh, original fashions found on the streets of Tokyo.

Shop members

  • Melanie Augustin

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I lived in Japan for six years which is where my Japanese obsession and inspiration comes from. I'm also inspired by the gorgeous skies, mountains and bush that I see outside my window and through my town in the Glass House Mountains.

Production partners

  • Moo

    United Kingdom

    Cards are photographs or illustrations of mine professionally printed by Moo to create the best quality cards.

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