In the world of super rare anime and manga goods, they don’t get much scarcer than the latest offering from CLAMP’s Magic Knight Rayearth series. The classic isekai tale has inspired a trio of kimonos, with each modeled after one of the series’ leading ladies, in a collaboration between CLAMP and the city of Kyoto.
The Kyo Yuzen kimonos are available in the respective Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuuzaki, and Fuu Hououji styles of red, blue, and green, and are limited to just three of each that will be made and sold. The price tag that comes along with each kimono is suitably steep at ¥330,000, or about US$3,013.
Dying artist Mutsumi Kuzumi is hand dying each kimono using the traditional Kyo Yuzen method. She is also a lifelong fan of CLAMP and Magic Knight Rayearth, making this somewhat of a passion project. There are some nice nods to the designs of the series, as well, including the uniforms and armor of the main characters being reflected on the sleeve patterns.
The CLAMP x Kyoto City collaboration project has produced other products in the past—including a Cardcaptor Sakura jewelry box that Kuzumi painted, and a xxxHOLiC cup—and the ultimate goal is to support the city’s industries and craftsmen affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.