The links to the left will guide you to the pages
for garments. Measurements, should you require
them, can be had for the asking via email.
Purchasing is just as easy, and is detailed further
in the page "Purchasing And Layaway Policies." You can also email me for that
My vintage-to-antique silk
Japanese garments are all in extremely good
condition, with any exceptions noted in the
description for each garment. I never present
garments with significant problems, except for the
cotton working garments, which sell better when they
are thoroughly worn.
Whether for men or for women, my garments will take
you straight from the grocery store to the opera.
There are no issues with fit on the haori, as we
wear this garment open, not closed or belted.
The juban is a mid-length garment that is designed
for wearing as an extra layer beneath the kimono
during cold weather; an especially nice garment for those of us
who are not very tall and would like a long garment
to wear either at home or going out on the town.
patterns and colors make them a very functional
longer garment for special occasions or for
The kimono, with a few
exceptions, is best for the taller individual unless
you wish to wear it in the traditional way, or at
home as a robe for entertaining or just a house
The prices compete easily with new synthetic mass
produced garments that are available in the
department store of your choice, and I promise you
that the department store garments are not going to
survive the comparison. Here at Blue Moon, you can
have a one of a kind vintage garment for the price of
mass produced; in many cases my garments
are LESS expensive than the department store dregs.
What is there to think about? One of a kind vs 800,000 of a
kind. YOU decide what you want to be seen in; I know
The stunning garment below is sold, but the pictures
remain in tribute to one of the most amazing
examples of this wearable art.
Black is rare; a black crested Uchikake is
even more rare!
The reverse of this garment will be shown in-depth
futher down the page. Japanese gifts abound,
here, along with wrapping cords and clouds.
These close-ups show how carefully dimensional the
embroidered items are. What would be on top in
life is on top in these depictions.
Even the tiniest details are painstakingly rendered
The right picture above shows the perfect matching
at the back seam.
Picture left is of the embroidered crest. Note
the three joined hearts; also note how the
embroidery is carefully done so that you can see
exactly how the hearts are linked. Picture
right shows the jacquard pattern of double cranes
that is the outer shell silk of this garment.
Each of the gifts is different from each of the
Picture left shows another example of the perfect
joining of the pattern along a vertical seam.
This is the same garment; reversed. It is the
ONLY Uchikake I have ever seen that could be
completely reversed and still show as a complete
garment, fully decorated. The inside is Yuzen
Picture left is the inside of the garment along the
front opening. Note once again, perfection of
linear pattern here. Picture right shows the
pink dip dyeing of the outer edge of the sleeve.
Picture left shows a small spot of noruki on the
crane's leg. This is life size. Picture
right shows another example of perfect pattern match,
and also shows the silver embroidery detailing the
edge of the crane's wing.
Cranes at sunrise, beautifully painted.
Picture right shows tiny noruki in the crane's wing.
Close up of crane's head shows the embroidered
detail in red, and also the grey detailing on his
A slightly closer look at the waves and rocks
painted in this garment.
Both pictures contain a vertical seam in the fabric.
Note how well those seams are hidden. The grey
parts of the sea foam on the rocks are done in
The picture left shows water crashing onto the rocks
in such a realistic way that you almost feel the
spray! The picture left shows the heavy
padding at the bottom of the hem.
Picture left is the noruki to the left of the lower
that you see in picture above, 'Cranes at sunrise.'
Picture left shows a very pale area of noruki on the
inside back of the left sleeve.
Picture left shows some color transfer to the inside
of the collar strip on the wearer's left.
Picture right shows dust marks on the edge of the
padded hem inside.
This is the most wonderful garment I have ever seen,
and I count myself very lucky to have been able to
acquire it. I paid more for this garment than
I have ever SOLD a garment for, and was content to
do so. I will never see anything like this
ever again, and I know that. I have priced
this garment at $800.00. SOLD