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 make hats by breathing new life into kimonos with the sincere hope that tradition will be passed on to the future.

One-of-a-kind and Handmade

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 handmade by an artisan in Japan.

The kimono used for the hats include Komon for daily wear, Furisode and Black-Tomesode for formal wear, Colored-Uchikake and Hiki-Furisode for wedding wear, and obi (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 please feel the good times of Japan.

The hat can be used by anyone, regardless of gender, if the size fits. Please enjoy "Japanese style" in your daily life.

What is a real kimono?

What is a KIMONO?

Over 1,200 years ago, the kimono became wholly Japanese from earlier Chinese influences. Before long, the traditional clothing was adopted by the samurai when going into battle. Each shogun leader would display his unique style in what he wore, resulting in a spectacle rumored to be as captivating as a fashion show today. The adoption of the kimono as a uniform eventually led to it spreading across Japan, increasing in value both as a fine art and 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.