Atsuko – Influences

Atsuko ( daughter ) : My mother (Kiyoko) was probably influenced by her own mother who was always in kimono and who not only sewed kimono, but also did unpicking, stretching and cleaning of the kimono in their garden. Kiyoko did not do this. However, she preferred to be in kimono most of the time, except for when she went on excursions with her children’s classes or to some sports day. She owns many montsuki haori and also seems to have had a liking for summer kimono, as she has more summer kimono than would normally be expected. My brother remembers mother (Kiyoko) coming home in summer, taking off her kimono, filling her mouth with water and spraying it onto the kimono, to refresh it.


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