How to Choose from 7 Different “Wisteria” Colors to Dye My Kimono

kimono fabric

For this “We Love Kimono” project, my counterpart in Japan is Mamiya, an Osaka-based kimono shop.

Mamiya carries rolls of kimono fabric as their inventory.  I could have chosen one of them and simply had it custom tailored.  There is, however, another way.  You pick a roll of white fabric, choose a base color, and choose a design and pattern.  You can make sure that nobody else has the exact the same kimono. 

After I chose the design for my obi, the next thing that Mr. Nagamura, the owner of Mamiya, asked me to do was to decide the base color.  I told him vaguely that I like bluish color, thinking of the blue sky in Seattle in the summer.  Yes, I’m making a summer kimono.

When Mr. Nagamura told me that he would send me color samples, he asked me my physical address.  Why? I wondered.  Why doesn’t he take photos and send them to me digitally?

Now I know why. 

He sent me a sample of 7 different variations of “wisteria” color.  With my naked eyes, each color looks definitely different.  If I take a photo of the sample (I used iPhone 11 Pro), however, they all look alike.  I thank Mr. Nagamura for sending me the physical sample.

I chose the brightest color, #1!

2 thoughts on “How to Choose from 7 Different “Wisteria” Colors to Dye My Kimono”

  1. Asako Yoshimura

    The wisteria color is beautiful! Actually, I had a question… I inherited a dress from my mother who passed a couple of years ago. It’s a cute, fashionable dress, and my daughter showed interest in wearing it. Unfortunately, there are a couple of patches of discoloration. I wonder if your contact can re-dye the dress for me so that perhaps it can fix the discolored patches? Would you mind sharing with me your contact? Thank you.

    1. Hi Asako-san,
      Thank you for your comment.
      So it’ s a dress, not a kimono, right?
      To be honest, I have no idea if they re-dye a dress or not. Let me ask Mamiya first, and I will get back to you via email.

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