I have found what I think might very well be my dream kimono. It’s a vintage, long-sleeved meisen silk with a yabane (arrow fletching) pattern in purple and maroon on a “sea foam green” base (Much darker and blue/green than in the pic):
I have always been attracted to the komon (casual town-wear) class of kimono, and big, bold yabane patterns have always held a special place in my heart. (My first vintage kimono had this same pattern) Add to that fact that this is hitoe (unlined), and in such a bold color palette, well….I fell in love at first sight. Of course I bought it.
I have really no idea how to coordinate it though. So if anyone would be interested in doing so, I’d love to hear color ideas! Ideally using what I already have in my collection.
In other news, I also bought the following two items because I couldn’t help myself:
A purple long michiyuki coat with hana-ikada (flower-raft) motif. I think that along with yabane and 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō, this motif might be my favorite. I’ve kind of adopted it, as it were. So you know…
I also bought this kenjo-gara hakata nagoya obi. I actually won this one for $0.99 USD!!! With expensive overseas shipping, that turned out to be about $11.00, but it’s still a pretty good deal. I love the softness of it color-wise (surprisingly enough for me, if you look at my collection) and how you can’t see some of the pattern.
I’ve just come back from a long vacation, so no new kitsuke pictures yet, but I am planning on a ro ensemble. Hopefully I can wear it soon!