Harumi’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

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STORIES 着物物語

The last story is the first vintage kimono that that I bought when I was in my 30’s. It was different in from the kimono that I had seen before, in pattern and colour, and I was strongly attracted when I saw it . The lower lining of this kimono is purple, but when you look at the outside, nowadays we would not choose such a colour. I was impressed by the color combinations chosen this period, they seem unique and fresh in those times. We could get the vintage kimono from around a few thousand yen at that time, and because it was very reasonable, I could go on a new adventure, and I discovered a new me. I didn’t have the kind of obi that go well with vintage kimono, so I also looked for obi that matched old kimono and I found chu-ya obi and that led me to become a collector. There are some repairs on this kimono, and they have been done really carefully. I feel that the former owner really treasured this kimono; I can feel the love. Even the stains on it are details that lead me to imagine the owner’s life, a woman in the olden days. Many of these old kimono are too small for me, but it is natural for me to wear them without ohashiori and just fasten the obi lower because of my experience in my childhood with kimono and my grandmother. Also, that style of wearing kimono is much cooler in the summer season.

最後の1枚は30代で初めて買った古着の着物です。初めて見た時、自分が今まで持っていない色遣いと柄に強く惹かれました。この着物は裾まわし(裏地)に紫を使っていますが、表の生地の色を見れば、そんな色を使う発想は今の時代にはなく、非常に斬新で新鮮に感じました。
当時、古い着物は数千円で買える物が多く、安く手に入ることから今までとは違った冒険ができ、それが新しい自分の発見となりました。また、古い時代の着物に合う帯を持っていなかったので合う帯を探した結果、昼夜帯に出会い、それが昼夜帯をコレクションするきっかけになりました。
この着物はところどころ、丁寧に補修をしてあります。前の持ち主が大切に直しながら着ていたんだという想像をし、愛を感じました。着物に付いているシミも前の持ち主である昔の女性の生活に想いを馳せる材料になります。
古い着物はサイズが小さいことが多いのですが、子供の頃から祖母とともに着物に慣れ親しんで工夫して着ていたので、サイズが合わなければおはしょりなしで帯を低めに締めて着ればよいという考えです。またそのほうが夏場はかえって涼しかったりします。

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