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30 Dec 2008 - 14:029053
Kimono care help
Well, just got around to unpacking all the costumes that I took to London Expo (yes, long time I know- anyone else find that it takes them ages to unpack after an event?) and it turns out my Kimono wasn't folded away properly.

It's completely and utterly creased up, and I'm at a loss as to how to un crease it. It's silk, very delicate, and has printed patterns on it. Which pretty much means you can't let an iron touch it. Ever.

I'm wary to take it to a dry cleaners, mainly because a kimono (and this one is a genuine japanese furisode) is a specialist item, and it cost a couple of hundred pounds to begin with.

I've hung it up on it's pole, hopefully that will decrease it a bit, but I still want to know if there's anything I can do to return it to it's wonderful uncreased state.

Thanks!

Tab


30 Dec 2008 - 14:379054
Mhmm... the only suggestion that springs to mind (aside from flattening it under heavy objects) is maybe steaming it? But I'm not sure if that would be possible with it being printed pattern...


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30 Dec 2008 - 14:479055
you could try ironing it, but with a layer in-between the iron (on the absolute coolest setting) and the kimono, meaning there is no direct heat to the silk, and only a small amount of heat. (I have done this with silk before but not printed silk) If not try silvers suggestion of steaming it - from the inside though! alternatively hang it up in a warm room and the the creases *should* eventually fall out

good luck, let me know how it goes!


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30 Dec 2008 - 15:549058
The main problem is actually the patterns printed on it- it's like they're a very thick screen print, if that makes any sense? That's why I don't want to touch it with any heat- I'm scared how the prints will react to heat, and oh so worried that they will melt, and ruin the fabric.

That's the reason why I didn't try the towel over iron method- I don't want the prints to melt, fuse to the towel and leave me with an even more ruined kimono.

Guh, I should try to find pictures of it, then people might have some clue of what I'm rambling about.

Tab


30 Dec 2008 - 16:349059
after some research (thank you google) steaming is the best plan for a painted silk kimono. you can rent steam irons (apparently!) and if you can use sterile water (i dont know where you'd get that) to avoid getting chemicals in your kimono. all else fails hang (for several weeks) in a humid area to get the same effect. (possibly in the bathroom while having a shower)

it doesn't look like there is a quick fix though


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30 Dec 2008 - 22:009061
You could try dropping Akemi Solloway an email, I have no doubt she'd know how to sort it out. Her email address is on the AJAMCA website.


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