Kaoru’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

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KAORU’S STORY 着物物語
I was given this oshima tsumugi by my mother. She bought it from her relative’s kimono shop. It came as a roll of cloth and I had it tailored it to my size. This was my third tailored kimono from when I started to wear kimono.
This kimono is very comfortable not only to wear, but also when I fold it. The fabric is fine, the tailoring is good, it is perfect. Thanks to this kimono, I got to love oshima tsumugi, among all types of tsumugi, I think.
Once, this kimono disappeared. It happened when I went to the local kimono shop to ask for it to be cleaned. When I thought it should be time to pick it up, I didn’t get a call, so I went and visited the shop myself, to pick-up my kimono. When I got there I found that the shop had closed down. I searched hard for three months to try and find a way to get my kimono back. Finally I managed to contact the shop’s staff member and I was told that the shop had to close because the shop owner suddenly passed away. When I asked for cleaning, the shop’s staff member did not ask for my telephone number because she knew my face so well, since I visited there often. So then they had no idea how to contact me and they were very worried about it. Finally this kimono came back safely but it was so shocked when it disappeared. I thought that this oshima tsumugi was precious before, but after this experience of losing it, I realized that this kimono is really a treasure to me.

この大島紬は母が以前、親戚の呉服屋さんから購入した物で、反物で持っていたものを私が譲り受けました。私が着物を着始めてから3枚目に仕立てた着物です。畳んだ時にはぺたっとなり、生地感も良く、仕立ても良く、着ている時も畳んでいるときも気持ちの良い着物でとても気に入っています。紬の中でも大島紬が特に好きなのはこの着物の影響が大きいかもしれません。
この着物が行方不明になったことがあります。この着物を丸洗いに出しました。そろそろ仕上がってくる頃なのに連絡がないので受け取りにそのお店へ行ったら、なんとお店がなくなっていました。3ヶ月くらい必死に探してようやく着物は見つかりました。このお店の店主が亡くなってしまい、店を閉めたとのことでした。私が丸洗いに出した時、お店のスタッフさんと顔見知りだったため、店の方も私の連絡先を訊ねなかったのです。そのため店を閉めた時どうやって私に連絡すればよいか分からず困ったそうです。無事に戻ってきましたが行方不明になったときはショックでした。もともとこの着物は大切でしたがこの出来事がより大切さを実感する機会となりました。

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