Nozomi’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

NOZOMI’S STORY 3 着物物語 3
I decided to tailor a new kimono to attend a party for the women who passed the test of kimono culture. It was good timing for me to tailor a kimono to wear on my family’s anniversaries. My husband’s family crest and my parents’ family crest both have bamboo grass motifs, so we feel it is special and my husband and I like to gather some goods which have bamboo grass painted on them. But if I tailor a kimono with a family crest, I would be limited in the occasions to wear it, so I decided to make a homongi or tsukesage which has bamboo grass pattern. I asked my neighborhood kimono shop to gather some tsukesage cloth roles, with this pattern and I picked one which I liked. I was a kindergarten teacher, and I wanted my son’s entry or graduation ceremonies wearing kimono, but I did not want to stand out among the other parents who wore dark-colored suits. Of course, the main characters are the children who are graduating at these ceremonies. So I picked this color. It is sober, so I combined it with a bright colored lining. I have been to pray at the shrine where we had our wedding ceremony every New Year’s Day since we got married, so I wear this kimono for that and also I wore this when we went to pray for my son when he was born. In the future, I will wear it for my son’s 7・5・3 ceremony and some ceremonies for his school. When I get older, and we look at our family albums, I would like it said, “Mother always wore this kimono for each of our special ceremonies.”


着物の文化の知識を問う検定試験の合格者が出席するパーティ-に行くことになり着物を仕立てようと思いました。仕立てるなら将来家族の節目や記念日に着られる着物にしようと思い、この着物を作りました。夫の家紋と私の実家の家紋には両方とも笹が使われており、2人とも笹柄には思い入れがあり、笹柄の小物などを一緒に買ったりしています。ただ、着物に家紋を入れると着る機会が限定されるため、笹柄の訪問着か付下げを作ろうと思いました。よく行く近所の呉服やさんに付下げの反物を集めてもらい、その中から好きなものを選びました。私は幼稚園の先生をしていたので、自分の子供の入園・卒園には着物を着たいと思っていました。ダークスーツで出席する保護者が多い中、明るい色の着物で出席すると浮いてしまうし、子供が主役なので目立ちすぎない色を選びました。地色が落ち着いている分、裾まわしには明るい色を選びました。
毎年お正月には結婚式を挙げた神社へ祈祷に行っており、そのときにこの着物を着ています。息子のお宮参りにも着ました。これからも七五三や入園・卒園などに着る予定です。将来アルバムを開く時、「お母さんは大切な日にはいつもこの着物を着ていたね。」とみんなで振り返ることができる着物を作りたかったのです。

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