Keiko’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

STORIES 着物物語

This kimono came from my aunt. She loved kimono and had a lot of them, but four years ago she gave me the whole contents of her kimono closet. This kimono was one of them. It’s a kind of shibori called Nanbu Akane Shibori and it is an elaborate hand-crafted kind of tie-dyeing, performed with natural dyes. It is a rare kind of kimono now, because there are so few craftsmen making it. I had it resewn to my size. It is cotton, so it is a treasured casual kimono. I started to sort out and cut down on the number of kimono I had about three years ago, because I felt it was troublesome to keep so many from my aunt. I donated some, gave some away to people and sold some too, but I had to keep this tie-dyed one. For me, kimono is not a collection, it should make me happy by being worn, so it should be the right size and look beautiful when I wear it. I try not to have more than I can actually use. I think I have the right number to wear now.

この着物は叔母から譲り受けました。この叔母は着物が好きな人でたくさん持っていたのですが、4年前に箪笥1竿、私に譲ってくれました。

その中の1枚で、南部あかね染めという絞りの着物です。伝統的な手のこんだ絞りの手法と天然の素材で染めて作られています。今は作る人が減って手に入らなくなったと聞きます。洗い張りをして私のサイズになおしました。素材は木綿なので、特別な普段着として大切にしています。

叔母からたくさんの着物を譲られたため、着物の収納に困り着物の整理を始めました。3年ほど前から寄付したり譲ったり、売ったりして半分くらいに減らしました。叔母からの着物はだいぶ整理しましたが、この絞りの着物は残しました。着物は私にとってコレクションするものではなく、自分が美しく見える物を自分のサイズで気持ちよく着て楽しむものなので、自分が着られる量より多くは持たないようにしています。今くらいの量が私にはちょうど良いみたいです。

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  1. Wow, your kimono is so beautiful! Such a lovely design. Too bad it is more rare now, but I guess that’s what makes it even more special and of value! Perhaps in the future someone will take up designing that style again and it will one day become popular again. Much love! ❤

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