Winter Kitsuke 1/19/10

Wow, looking back, it’s hard to believe that I’ve only been wearing kimono seriously for almost 5 months now. This was my second-ever real kitsuke (art of wearing kimono) attempt, worn back in January. (For my first attempts, see the “About” page) I’m pretty proud that I got so many things right, but looking back I can now see so many things I did wrong! For one, I never really tied the obi on this one right, which is why there is only one shot of the back, and even that one looks a little funky. It’s also why there are two obijime (ties in front the hold the obi together)…it wouldn’t stay on right without two because of the crazy way I’d tried to tie it haha.

These were my first vintage long-sleeved kimono and nagajuban (underkimono), and this ensemble is what got me hooked on vintage-style meisen silk kimono. The kimono is a maroon and turquoise yabane (arrow fletching) pattern, the colors of which aren’t truly captured in these shots because they were taken inside at night. The obi is actually mofuku (full black obi which is only meant for funeral wear), but I have since converted it by stenciling headphones on it.

I love red nagajuban, and what’s so interesting about this one in particular is that the collar is padded, which I haven’t seen on any other juban before. I’ve since sewn a black haneri (colorful juban collar) and a chikara-nuno (adjuster used to keep the collar’s shape in the back) on it, which makes it ten times easier to get a nice low scoop in the back. I also used a pendant as a sort of ghetto-obidome (decorative brooch) because I felt it needed something on the front. I put it between the two obijime since having it on just one would have looked too weird haha. The obijime held it in place surprisingly well!

That night I ate a spaghetti dinner with my family, so I wore my late-grandmother’s apron over the kimono so I wouldn’t get sauce on it! I bet she never thought her apron be ever put to such a use lol.

I love this kimono, and I want to revisit it and brighten up the color scheme. At the time, I didn’t have any haneri and only two obiage (piece of cloth on top of obi): red shibori and black. Pair that with a black obi, and my color options were kinda non-existent. I’d love to pair this kimono with a bright vintage obi and wear it in a really cute and funky style.


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