Kikuko’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

The dyer from Fukushima made two kimono and several obi which were ordered by my mother. One is a homongi that has these typically Okinawan design of irises in it. I wore it at a friend’s wedding. But finally, I had the resources to order my own kimono from the dyer. It is a homongi with the iroha letters on it. They are training for the practice of sutra writing. It also has celebratory motifs on it. There are pine, plum and bamboo, and also the turtle and crane for longevity. I had it made for my daughter’s engagement celebrations, but actually I didn’t wear it then. I wore it when one of my daughter’s friends got married.


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