Hitomi’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

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I received this kimono from my mother. However it was not originally my mother’s kimono. It belonged to a very special friend of my mother. I cannot even remember the name of that friend or why she was so special to my mother. I would love to know the story, but now it is too late to find out. However, this kimono was really important and my mother wouldn’t throw it away. She asked me to take care of it. It was in a very bad state when I received it. It was dirty and messed up. So, knowing that it was so important for my mother, I sent it to the kimono shop and asked for it to be cleaned, have a new lining put in, and be completely resewn. Since that time no one has worn this kimono. I do not know if anyone has ever worn it. It still has the tacking stitches of a new kimono in it. The dyeing is faded in some areas and is uneven. However, even if nobody ever wears this kimono, I will never throw it away because it was really important to my mother. I think about my mother, when I look at this kimono.

この着物は母から譲られたものですが、母の着物ではなく、母の友達のものでした。私はその友達の名前を覚えていないのと、母のどういう友達だったかもわからないのですがとても大切な人だったようです。どなたの着物だったのか知りたいですが、もう調べるには遅すぎます。母はこの着物を捨てる事ができず、私に保管するよう頼みました。譲られた時は汚れていていてよれよれで非常に状態が悪かったので、呉服店に洗い張りと仕立て直しをお願いしました。お金がかかりましたが、仕立て直してからまだ誰も着ておらず、しつけの糸がついたままです。ところどころ染めのむらがあります。でも母にとってとても大切な着物だったので絶対に捨てることはありません。これを見ると母を思い出します。

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