Kimono Guide

Everything about Japanese kimono and fabrics!

Haori

Jacket type kimono.

The Haori is worn as the outer-most layer of clothing, as a jacket on top of a kimono by both men and women. This loose and effortless garment is typically worn open. The Haori can be worn by both men and women, or used as interior décor.

A man’s Haori usually has hidden pictures in the lining - it is the Japanese way to hide the most exciting and beautiful part of the Haori. Because of this, men’s Haori are very versatile and look great when worn inside out or displayed on a wall. 

Women’s regular Haori are usually more cheerful and colorful, with more elaborate designs on the outside, although some are reversible, with beautiful linings. These pieces can be made using various techniques; including dying, weaving and tie dying, and can have komono or eba patterns. Women’s regular Haori that date to before WWII usually have longer, flowing sleeves. 

Women’s black Haori are usually used for more formal occasions and often times have family crests. They can be solid black, have beautiful eba patterns, or be sensuously sheer for summer. Urushi Haori are very popular. They have woven lacquer (Urushi) patterns that shine in the light and tend to be more expensive. The ones sold as KimonoLily are from the 1950’s-1970’s and are in very good condition. 

The Japanese Haori makes a great jacket for Western-style clothing as well, with its shorter length and sleek lines. Although there are endless ways to coordinate a Haori with your outfit, try it with jeans or a skirt!