KIMONO HAT Concept | Kimono Upcycled | Keiko Tagai

Kimonos that once colored Japan are now sleeping in closets or discarded without being worn.
We create hats by breathing new life into vintage 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, hat-blocking and sewing each piece one by one while considering the layout (the way the pattern appears).
All products are handmade by artisan in Japan.

Unisex, Genderless

Keiko Tagai offers items that transcend the realms of race, gender, and age, valuing the freedom and individual beauty and personality of all people.
All items are suitable for everyone, as long as the size fits.

 

- Kimonos in use -

Kimonos in use | KIMONO HAT | Keiko Tagai

We use carefully selected vintage and antique kimonos. They range from those in good condition to those that are difficult to wear as kimonos.
We use clean parts except for stained parts, but some items may have slight stains or smells peculiar to kimono, but we hope you can feel Japanese culture and history.

* For more information about the kimonos we use, please click here
"Types, Grades and History of Kimono".

 

- What is a real KIMONO? -

What is a real KIMONO? | KIMONO HAT | Keiko Tagai

A kimono is a traditional Japanese garment.

The kimono is created through the combined efforts of many Japanese craftsmen by hand. 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. The traditional Japanese kimono is the result of decades of experience, craftsmanship and sensibility.