Maiko Henshin Preview

Last week, I brought my maiko hikizuri, darari obi, okobo, and maiko wig onto campus to show the professor of the East Asian Civilization course that I took last semester. It was really great to have been able to show them off and talk about maiko and geiko kimono/traditions with him!

Today, as I was unpacking everything from the suitcase I stored them in, I realized that I had no photos of my hiki except the ones from the internet listing, which made it look washed-out! As I was getting ready to take a few pictures, I decided to “dress up” my hikizuri with all the maiko accessories I already own, to get an idea of what it’ll look like when I dress up in maiko henshin. (Btw, all I need for that now is a maiko collar, a junior wisteria kanzashi set, the oshiroi makeup, and juban/hadajuban sets. Obiage too if I end up buying one and not making my own, and a pair of non-lacquered okobo if I’m going for super-accurate…but those are secondary items on my list.)

Here is my Hiroshimaya okiya maiko hikizuri:

With my Tama okiya darari obi. They look absolutely gorgeous together:

And here is is, all dressed up. I substituted a momi cloth for the collar, and used a red obiage in place of a real maiko one. Just pretend that the collar is heavily embroidered in white, and the obiage has silver foil designs on it, okay? 🙂

I am debating whether or not to go with this obijime color…I think a light blue or purple might look better and tie into the hiki more. What do you guys think?

The “obidome” is really just a bunch of pins put together. I’m planning on something more epic for the real deal. The wig will hopefully be having a junior maiko wisteria kanzashi set on it instead of the one pictured by May, but this gives a good approximation of the look!

I also recently received a maiko-style large bira-bira kanzashi from ebay seller hamsa018. They are not real kanzashi in the sense that they haven’t been on an actual maiko’s head or anything, but they are the closest thing I’ve seen for sale that imitates the maiko look in terms of both size and style.
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I decided to update my wig pictures with the new bira-bira kanzashi as well. Hopefully, I will be able to take pictures with a real wisteria kanzashi set soon, instead of these fake maiko ones! They’ll show up on the website in May. (If you have not heard of this shop before, they sell authentic maiko and geiko items, such as seasonal kanzashi, fans, juban, obijime, etc. Be warned, however,that they are quite expensive, and require a third party service to buy from, such as noppin) This kanzashi set is on my top list of things to buy, besides a maiko collar. I have until May to save up enough money….hopefully I can make it!!!


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Have you checked out AtelierKanawa? She’s one of the last professionally-trained kanzashi makers in the world. I’ve seen a few maiko sets of hanakanzashi up, and she does custom work.

    Anyways, can’t WAIT to see the full outfit once it’s on! You can probably learn to embroider quickly, if there’s someone in the area to teach it. Practice on scraps first, and then get your silk threads either from Ryu-Japan or Ichiroya. ❤

    1. Yes, I’ve seen her designs before….they are very pretty, but unfortunately also very expensive 😦 In the end, it would be cheaper for me to go through ikuokaya, even with all the third-party fees.

      I can’t wait either! I’ve only started to collect maiko items since the end of September last year, but already it seems like this outfit is taking forever. (Even though I know it’s been really quick, comparatively.) I’m still hoping to find a maiko collar, but if I can’t find one, I hope to be able to learn how to embroider one. Thank you for the advice! 🙂

      1. Eek! Yeah, I just went back- Atelier has tripled her prices recently! Eek!

        Ichiroya does have two authentic maiko eri right now, but they’re pretty expensive. Like, really expensive. Embroidering one will take a hell of a lot of work, but I think if you practice first, you’ll be OK. I picked up how to do some of it by looking at how my tomesode was embroidered and trying to copy it before laying out my own designs for a bolt. Of course I never finished, having a short attention span, but I learned some about embroidery!

  2. Jackie says:

    Lovely! I can’t wait to see it all put together!

    1. Thank you! I can hardly wait myself!

  3. ume_bloom says:

    I didn’t know you had a maiko katsura!!! Awesome find! I can’t wait to see pics of you wearing this outfit !

    1. Yup! I got it back in November 🙂

  4. Linda Kole says:

    Hiya Bika,

    I found this photo when I was googlin. Maybe you already know this photo ;3 but this looks like your Maiko Hiki.

    Looking forward to the Maiko henshin kitsuke photo’s.

    Greets Linda
    (aka Saiya-chan)

    1. Yup, it is my maiko hiki! I wrote about it here, with a follow-up entry here It’s funny though, because that photo that you linked is actually from my blog lol! 😉 Thanks so much for keeping an eye out for me! I’ll definitely let you know when the henshin is complete!

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