Kimono Jacket Name Change

Haori Over Kimono

Image of Haori worn over Kimono from Vintage Japan-esque on Flickr

First, we want to offer our sincere gratitude for your warm reception of our first adult sewing pattern in several years. We are deeply appreciative of your support and enthusiasm, and so thrilled that many of you have found in this pattern a true workhorse and needed addition to your wardrobes - handmade or otherwise!

Next, we have an announcement to make: moving forward, this pattern will be titled the Wiksten Haori.

This jacket takes obvious inspiration from the beautiful, historical clothing styles of Japan. It was originally named using the word "Kimono" for a variety of reasons: of course to acknowledge it's Japanese inspiration, but also in reference to the style of sleeve construction that is widely referred to in pattern drafting books as a "Kimono Sleeve."¹

However, it has been brought to our attention that such a name was not appropriate for the style of garment. In fact, a "kimono jacket," the garment worn over the traditional long, belted kimono, is called a Haori. Given the function and style of the pattern, the name Haori is the most appropriate fit for the Wiksten jacket pattern. Joemy Ito-Gates, a teacher who is active in the slow-fashion community on social media, says: "[I]n my vision, ethical fashion [...] honors and respects the cultures that inspire their silhouettes[.] My wish is for slow fashion makers and brands to be a bit more intentional and thoughtful about naming items more accurately."

At Wiksten, we believe deeply in moving through the world kindly; cultural sensitivity and a responsible "citing of sources" is an important part of doing so. We want to acknowledge our mistake in the original naming of this pattern, and thank you for welcoming it into the world with its new and better-suited name.

We also want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the people who generously took time to help educate us about these terms - in particular, Joemy Ito-Gates (@little_kotos_closet on Instagram) and our local Portland friends Haruna Wilson and Miyoko Cancro. Their insights and feedback have been hugely important in helping us correct this error, and we so appreciate their time, generosity, and feedback.

The Wiksten Haori will be in reprint soon (thank you again for all your orders!) so you will notice the name change appear slowly in the physical printed patterns, though as of today the change is live in the webshop. Thank you for reading, and thank you for keeping our community learning and growing!

1. Bunka Fashion Series Garment Design Textbook 3: Blouses & Dresses. Tokyo: Sunao Onuma, 2009.

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