Retired Reproduction Barbie™ Clothing and Accessories - Detail
Japanese Cherry Blossom Kimono

Sylvia has a treat for those of you who love Japanese exclusives. Apparently, Mattel used some of the same fabrics that companies like Nishi used for their souvenir dolls that tourists took home with them. Sylvia has bought several of these dolls, taken them apart, and made an exact duplicate of the same rare cherry blossom kimono that Mattel made for vintage Barbie dolls in the 1960's. These souvenir dolls were very cheaply made. The kimonos were not beautifully hand sewn like Mattel's. They were usually quickly machine stitched and then pinned or tacked onto a cloth doll in two pieces. The obi covered up the fact that this was not a one piece kimono. You CANNOT buy one of these dolls and expect to put it right on a Barbie doll. It must be carefully taken apart and then cut, pieced, and stitched back together by a skilled kimono seamstress. Each of these kimonos takes Sylvia many hours to construct. She has followed the old way of hand stitching. Sylvia has lined this silver brocade kimono in a beautiful lavender silk chiffon as many of the Mattel kimonos were. The fabric she used for the neck piece was ordered from Japan. The obi is also made from vintage brocade that Sylvia removed from these dolls. This particular obis is a black with silver metallic threads. This is the exact fabric that Mattel used on some of their vintage obis made only for the Japanese market. Sylvia is also including a red metallic lurex kimono bag, called a saifu. With this kimono you will also receive reproduction clear with silver glitter open toed shoes from Dressmaker Details and short white gloves made from vintage tricot. The wigs, sandals and hair ornaments are not included. This kimono and obi can be seen on page 55 of Barbie in Japan by Keiko Shibano and on page 35 of the February, 1998 issue of Barbie Bazaar. For those of you who don't have either of these publications, I have put a copy of the photo here for your reference only. As you can see, the cherry blossom kimono is the kimono shown in the middle of the three dolls.
Status Retired - Japanese Cherry Blossom Kimono $350.00
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