By now, almost everyone has heard of the tragedy in Japan. Having friends there, and seeing the destruction that the tsunami and earthquake have caused, I wanted to be able to help the relief efforts in some way. However, being a college student who makes minimum wage pretty severely limits my ability to donate to charity. So, following in the footsteps of some fellow IGers, I’ve decided to auction off some of my kimono collection in order to donate the proceeds to GlobalGiving’s “Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund” via Ebay. I am making no money from these auctions, all of the proceeds will be given to this charity. I sincerely hope that people bid so that we can send Japan some help, however small it may be.
My friend Becca graciously volunteered to be the model for the second outfit. We had fun coordinating these, and it is my hope that they can find a home that will take care of them as well as doing some good in the world.
The red outfit is one that I’ve been planning almost as long as I’ve been collecting kimono. As you can see, I am indeed auctioning off my “headphone obi”, on which I completed the stencil work just last night. I added the boombox on front, the cords connecting the headphone and boombox, as well as the detail work early this morning. This obi is very special to me, and is something that I treasure because I put a lot of time and work into making it, but I feel that it can do greater good here so I am including it in the listing.
I tried a taiko musubi variation I saw on the internet with Becca’s obi. I like how it came out!
I am selling the kimono and obi from both of these coordinations on ebay:
The auction for the red and black outfit is here
The auction for the black and beige outfit is here
If you’d like the names of some good, trustworthy charities to whom you can make donations towards the relief effort, fellow kimono enthusiast moonblossom has a list on her site, KimonoTsuki.
Naomi, the founder of Immortal Geisha (and originator of the idea to auction kimono for charity), is also selling some of her collection on ebay.
Please help us help Japan by bidding!