21 November 2014

Baby OOTD #13 - Baby Kimono

I lived in Japan for a year when I was 17. I went to a Japanese college, lived in a Japanese family, and learned the language and the culture and the customs. My year as an exchange student had a big impact on me - it taught me so much about myself and changed me as a person. I guess a little piece of my soul will always be Japanese. 


smiling baby in kimono yukata

Now I live in London. It has been over 10 years, and I could hardly string a sentence together, let alone write even the most basic characters. But everything and anything Japanese always catches my eye, and makes me reminisce about the long-lost experience. 

baby toddler kimono yukata


Not that long ago we went to the Saturday Spitalfields Market (which is great by the way, my favourite market in London over the weekend) and I saw a sign saying "Baby Kimono". It immediately drew me in. I saw these gorgeous Japanese hand-made baby kimonos and had a good chat with the lady selling them. She told me about the design, about the second-hand fabrics and how her mum and aunties sew them for her in Japan and then send them by post to London. They were so gorgeous - and incredibly well-made. I haven't made my own clothes in years, but you can tell good quality and craftmanship easily. You can get them online too from Kiki crafted with love but her stall at Spitalfields market had a much wider selection. When we saw this little toddler kimono I immediately fell in love with it.



The fabric with the dragonflies is gorgeous. Subtle, but I love the little detail. Not too much, just enough.




I do love this little outfit. And what makes me love it even more is that I know this will fit her for another year and a half as we got it in a bigger size. Next year it is just knee-length trousers instead of hammer pants. Even better! 

baby toddler yukata kimono from behind




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9 comments:

  1. Oh that little kimono is just gorgeous. Love the fabric and your little one looks so adorable in it :-)

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    1. Thank you :) It does feel like a very comfortable thing to wear - she often wears it around the house :)

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  2. oh - how perfect! I have a similar connection to India but have been lucky enough to have been back several times, its only half way to Japan!

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    1. How lucky! I've never been back to Japan, and would love to go. Someday... I do keep in touch with my host family, yearly post cards, but it would be lovely to see them again.

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  3. Oh that's gorgeous! Great find, I love Spitalfields too xx

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    1. It is just such a great place, I always find something interesting there. I especially like the young designers!

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  4. WOW.... just WOW!!! Kimono's are amazing. I wanted to get Leah one for the summer but could just never find out I liked. Thank you for sharing #TT_Thursday

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    1. We had a kimono earlier too, in 6-12 month size, but we got it as a delivery from Japan. It is pretty difficult to find nice ones here. Hopefully you'll find something next year.

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  5. Aw that is truly adorable!!
    I love Spitalfields too!!
    Thanks for linking up to #StyleBaby!

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