Hiromi’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

 

STORIES 着物物語

This second kimono was originally a dark indigo blue houmongi, which my grandmother had made for her daughter. Her daughter however died in her 30s, and with no other daughters of her own, it passed to my mother. It has a very striking design on it, and my mother decided to have it re-dyed and turn it into a kurotomesode. It was re-dyed black, had an extra lining put in and also had five crests dyed onto it. It is a little different from regular tomesode, because there is some design on the sleeves. I wore this kimono to my daughter’s wedding and felt that although my mother had passed away, she was with me, in the form of the kimono.

この着物は藍色の訪問着でした。祖母が自分の娘のために作りましたが、彼女は30代でなくなり、私の母の所に行きました。柄がとても面白いので母が染め直して、家紋をつけて、黒留袖に仕立て直しました。本来、留袖は袖に柄はありませんが。。。この着物は自分の娘の結婚式に着ましたので、亡くなった母が着物で一緒だった気がしました。

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