KIMONO HAT Concept | Kimono Remix Hats | KEIKO TAGAI

Kimono Hat Collection

Kimonos that once colored Japan are now sleeping in closets or get thrown out.
We create hats by breathing new life into kimonos with the sincere hope that tradition will be passed on to the future.

One-of-a-kind, Handcrafted

We make hats by dry cleaning kimonos, carefully untying the threads, pressing them with steam to make a single piece of fabric, then cutting and sewing each piece one by one while considering the layout (the way the pattern appears).
All products are handcrafted by an artisan in Japan.

The kimono used for the hats include Komon for casual wear, Furisode and Black-Tomesode for formal attire, Colored-Uchikake and Hiki-Furisode for wedding garment, and obi (kimono belt).
They are mainly modern, antique or vintage, and range from those in good condition to those that are difficult to wear as kimonos. Although we use the clean parts of the kimono except for the dirty parts, some items may have a slight stain or a smell peculiar to kimono, but feel the history of Japan please.

Unisex, Genderless

The hat can be used by anyone, regardless of gender, if the size fits.

What is a real kimono?

What is KIMONO?

About 1225 years ago, the kimono was born as a unique Japanese garment. Eventually, the kimono came to be used as a uniform for samurai. As each shogun (powerful samurai) competed with each other for the best kimono patterns, the kimono craftsmen developed their skills and the kimono itself became more valuable as an art craft.

Traditional Japanese kimono making story

Today, kimono is created through the combined efforts of many Japanese craftsmen. From creating the pattern, to basting, rough sketching, gluing the pattern and fabric, dying, steaming, washing, applying gold leaf, embroidering, tailoring, and more, there are approximately 10–20 processes — requiring craftsmen to combined their strengths to create a single kimono.

It takes decades to become a professional craftsman. Kimono is the result of decades of experience, craftsmanship and sensibility.