Naomi’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

STORY 2着物物語2
I got this black Oshima-tsumugi over 20 years ago. I joined a free tour to Oshima island that was planned by the kimono shop I was influenced by first. The cost of transportation and the accommodation were free, and we looked around the artisans’ work shops and dyeing places. Then we were taken to the place where many kimono bolts were stacked. I paled as I began to realize the situation. The other participants started to pick kimono bolts, and then it finally dawned on me that it was a shopping tour. I said “I don’t need anything” but they asked me what kind of work I like and they began to show me those types. I chose this kimono and finally an obi too. I did not have an obi to go with Oshima-tsumugi. I appreciate them because I do not like the typical traditional Oshima-tsumugi pattern, so that they found me this plain colored type. I like to wear this as it is very light and comfortable and doesn’t crease easily. I wore this for tea lessons.

Perhaps I will never go Oshima island again, so it was a good experience and a good memory for me. I have love for this kimono because I bought it at the workshops and saw where and how it was made. When I saw the processes involved in making it, I was really moved. Since then, I came to like tsumugi and have bought kimono from many weaving areas but this one was the beginning of all that.

この黒い大島紬は20年以上前に購入しました。最初に通った着物屋さんの企画で、大島に無料で行けるツアーに参加しました。交通費も宿泊費も無料で、大島紬の作家さんの仕事場や泥染めを見学しました。そのうち、反物がたくさんある場所に連れて行かれ、だんだん状況が分かり青ざめました。他の参加者が反物を選び始めた頃になってようやく、買い物ツアーだったのだと気がつきました。「私はいらない」と言ったのですが、好みを聞かれ、色々と探してくれた中でこれが気に入ったので買いました。結局、そこで帯まで買ってしまいました。大島紬に合わせる帯を持っていなかったのです。私はいかにも大島紬とわかる伝統柄があまり好きではなく無地っぽい物が好きなので、それを探してくれて感謝しています。軽くてシワに身なりにくく、とても着やすいです。お茶のお稽古にも着ました。大島にはたぶんもう行かないと思うので良い経験、良い思い出になりました。産地で作っている様子を見て買えたことはこの着物に対する愛着になっています。着物が作られる工程を見て心を動かされました。この後、紬の着物が好きになり色々な産地のものを買いましたが、この着物がその始まりになりました。

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