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Old 05-02-2008, 07:55 AM   #1
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You got to go to Japan? That's my number one travel destination. I really want to go there. However, I disagree with you that authentic Japanese clothing are cheap. I bought a silk kimono off ebay that was still pretty new, and it was $35. That was an incredible deal. The really old stuff is in the hundreds, even in the thousands. You have to be carefull when buying anything that is supposed to be "An authentic, ethnic antique, pure silk" because unless you take an expert with you or are an expert yourself there isn't any way to tell for sure. If you go on ebay there are hundreds of auctions for "Antique silk kimonos" that are mass produced in factories. I researched kimonos for a while before I bought mine, here are a few things to look for:
1. Is the kimono perfect? If it is, unless you are really lucky, it's probably not as old or valuable as it is claimed to be. Flawless antique kimonos are as rare as hen's teeth. Mine was in pretty good condition, but it still had a few stains.
2. Is it lined? Most good kimonos are lined, and if it isn't, it might be a nagajuban, the slip that goes underneath the kimono
3. Does it have geishas, pagodas, or cherry trees on it? Most kimonos with these patterns are produced for tourists who aren't serious about collecting.

Hope that was helpful. I love my kimono, but I don't have a way to display it right now. Can you describe Japan a little more (tell of an experience or something?)
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:04 AM   #2
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Put this in the open mike next time.
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