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More new Showa and Taisho

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Well, my kimono buying continues apace. First up, since I’d bought the lovely jade Taisho Roman with tachibana, I figured I might as well combine shipping, so bid on this: a Taisho Roman with tachibana, oddly enough, though the colour and style are completely different. This is a lovely Meisen kimono from Japanese Antiques, and having been successful in my… Read more »

Lots of lovely stripes

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I figure a girl just can’t have too many striped kimono. As anyone who reads this blog will know, I have a weakness for striped kimono. Striped kimono were the daily wear of most middle-class and urban Japanese for decades, usually in shades of brown and blue, and often in kasuri cotton. Coupled with my other weakness for Taisho Roman… Read more »

Brown meisen with holly berries and leaves

This brown meisen komon has a most unusual pattern. My latest meisen purchase is this brown one with a very unusual pattern in the weave – holly leaves and berries. To be honest, until I got this kimono I didn’t even know the Japanese HAD holly.  It’s certainly not one of those patterns that you see around all the time,… Read more »

Kimono gallery part three – wovens

Woven kimono from the Taisho and Showa periods are about my favourite kimono of all time. Most of the kimono that I actually wear on a daily basis are woven, or ‘predyed’ kimono. These have a lower degree of formality in Japan than kimono that are printed, and are used for at-home wear, casual occasions, parties with friends, etc. The… Read more »

Kimono gallery part two – komons

Everyday kimono make up the vast majority of my collection. Here are the komons – printed, painted and shibori’ed. Non-formal kimono are in their turn divided into ‘woven things’ (less formal) and ‘painted things’ (more formal). Komons – simple, printed silk kimono – are classed as ‘painted things’ and are the next step down from formal (haregi) kimono. They are… Read more »

Kimono diary: 19 degrees and windy – time for kasuri

Sun, showers and 19 degrees today – the temperature is steadily dropping and I think my weeks of wearing ro and sha may now be over. Today I’m wearing my kasuri kimono in green, black and pale-blue cotton, with my cotton ro aizome kimono underneath it as a juban, and my new yellow and black kaku obi which arrived this… Read more »

Kimono gallery – part one, haregi

Here is my kimono collection – hope you enjoy it. It hadn’t occurred to me until now that I haven’t done a blog with all my kimono in it, so, as at August 2010, here is my kimono gallery. It’s quite large, so it’s in sections. Part one, formal kimono. UCHIKAKE Gold uchikake with royal carts. Age, probably 1970s –… Read more »

Kimono diary: Cream ro but now needing a haori

21 degrees, with sun and showers, so alternately quite hot and freezing cold – fairly unseasonable for August. Felt like wearing ro today, so put on my cream one with plum blossoms, but then felt in need of an extra layer, so rather than getting undressed again, wore the cream silk haori with mosquito print. I originally bought this haori… Read more »

Black wool ensemble with zigzags

My first ensemble is made from tough wool tsumugi. My first kimono ensemble arrived yesterday – this black wool number from Yamatoku (a spur-of-the-moment 99 cent bid). The kimono is a classically unlined wool kimono, but has quite a high-end, cotton-lined collar with a press-stud (all my other wool kimono have sewn-down collars). The haori is lined with a pretty… Read more »