Salira’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

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STORY 2 着物物語2
I was given this blue komon kimono from my husband’s aunt. This new year, I dressed my mother-in-law in kimono and we went to visit my husband’s aunt together. Until then we hadn’t had much to say to each other, but the conversation blossomed when we were discussing kimono with her. We talked a lot about kimono and she gave me some. This is the one of them. Until that time, the aunt and I did not have any common topic, but we became closer through discussing kimono. I was so happy. My parents both worked, so I was brought up by my grandmother and I was close to her. These kimono from relatives smell similar to the smell of my grandmother’s place. Kimono from second hand shops do not have the same smell. I will wear this kimono myself when I dress foreigners. I usually like more subdued kimono, but I think that this kimono would be preferable and make happy those people who came to experience Japanese culture.
My mother-in-law works as a writer of advertising material, so she is sensitive to color and she likes kimono color combination. She recycles kimono and obi into bags or interior soft furnishings, but she started to learn to wear kimono since she was dressed by me. I am looking forward to going out with her in kimono.

この青い小紋は夫の伯母からいただきました。
今年のお正月、夫の母に着物を着せてあげ、一緒に伯母のところへ行ったところ、着物談義に花が咲きました。今までは共通の話題もなく、そんなに近い存在ではなかったのですが一気に距離が縮まりました。この時に着物を譲ってもらいました。これはそのときの1枚です。とても嬉しかったです。私は両親が共働きだったため、おばあちゃん子でした。親戚からいただいた着物はおばあちゃんの家の匂いを思い出させてくれます。こういう匂いはリサイクル着物にはありません。外国人に着物を着せる時、私の方はこの着物を着てみよと考えています。私の好みはもっと地味ですが、日本文化を体験に着た外国人にはこの着物の方が喜んでもらえるかな、と思います。
夫の母はPOPライターで色を扱う仕事をしていて、着物や帯の色使いが好きで帯びをバッグにリメイクしたりインテリアにしたりしていました。でも最近私の影響で着物の着方を習い始めました。着物で一緒に出かけられたらいいなと思います。

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