Kimono FabricsNatural fabrics are the normally used kimono materials, but lately also synthetic materials are being used for example in odori kimonos, because they must endure lots and lots of use and washing. Silk and cotton are probably the most common ones you will come across when going kimono shopping. Wool seems to have come popular lately too.
|Cotton yukata kimono.|
|Silk iromuji kimono.|
|Wool Kimono by Kidoraku Japan.|
|Linen kimono from the 60s by so-meru.|
|Synthetic odori kimono.|
Synthetic materials are slowly gaining a foothold in kimonos, but they are considered unformal wear. Most synthetic kimonos are polyester mixed with some other fabric to give it little shine without losing the easiness of cleaning and maintenance. Komon kimono and odori kimono are the ones I've seen use synthetic fabrics. Depending on the weave of the fabric and the materials used to make the fabric, the breathability of the fabric can differ.
Other materials used in kimonos and traditional japanese clothes are bast, hemp and ramie.
The Book of Kimono by Norio Yamanaka
Otavan Suuri Ompelukirja