Tag Archives: obi

Obi-matching

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I have been making obi purchases with a little more care recently. I have been trying to focus on obi and accessories rather than kimono lately. My kimono habit, which is completely out of control, means that I have a really nice selection of kimono but very little in the way of juban, obi and accessories. I realised I had… Read more »

The do’s and don’ts of buying kimono

What the Japanese will and won’t do in kimono. I’ve been reading some kimono books lately, especially The New Kimono by the editors of Nanao magazine. It’s intriguing to me as a Westerner which rules the Japanese are willing and unwilling to break, and also which colour combinations they feel are chic, old-fashioned, permissible, not permissible, indicative of spring or… Read more »

Blue cotton hitoe with stylised flowers

When is a cotton hitoe not a yukata? The answer, really, is when it’s too heavy. The kimono I’m wearing in this picture is a modern kasuri cotton kimono, unlined. I can, and sometimes do, wear it as a yukata but the fabric is quite stiff and thick – though by no means as thick as the old-style handwoven kasuri,… Read more »

Black meisen hitoe with green yabane

This black kimono is my first meisen hitoe. Hitoe are unlined kimono and they’re a comparative rarity in modern kimono because the majority of people who now have kimono made only ever have one or two, so they tend to have the high-end type of furisode/tomesode with linings. However, vintage hitoe kimonos are fairly readily available.  Nevertheless, searching for hitoe… Read more »

Obi fabric

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My new obi fabric arrived yesterday – can’t wait to turn it into a ‘fake’ obi. I bought this bit of obi fabric on Ebay last week for a couple of dollars and it arrived in the post yesterday. My plan is to cut it in half lengthways, join the two bits together and add a velcro closure, to create… Read more »

Obi stays

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An obi stay keeps your obi from creasing and provides some structure for added cords and obiage. Many women who wear kimono rather enjoy the restriction of a tight obi, but I do want to be comfortable in my kimono, which is why I’m trying to find a compromise between what looks best and what feels best. So I’ve been… Read more »