Risa’s Story 1

This kimono I’m wearing now is the first kimono given to me by my mother. When I decided to learn kimono dressing, my mother asked me if I had a kimono. I realized that I did not have one. I was given this obiage and obijime at the same time. I like this color and the material of this kimono. I put it on by myself and attended an official party for the first time. It was very memorable to wear it with this obi, obijime and obiage. This obi matched the kimono very well. I designed and cut the stencil paper for this obi, and a dyer dyed it with colors that he thinks are my image colors. My mother started to learn kimono dressing earlier than me, and she made this kimono for that. But she seemed not to wear it often. According to her, she likes to wear kimono but it needs physical strength. So finally the kimono came to me.

今着ている着物は母から初めて譲られた着物です。着物の着方を習いに行こうと決めた時に、母から「着物持ってるの?」と聞かれ、持ってないことに気がつきました。今身に付けている帯揚げ、帯締めと一緒に譲ってもらいました。

この着物は、初めて自分で着てお呼ばれの席に出た着物です。自分でデザインし、型紙を彫り、知り合いの染め師さんが私のイメージの色で染めてくれたこの帯と合わせて着た、思い出深い着物です。色も質感も気に入っていて、この帯ともぴったりでした。母は私より少し前に着付けを習うためにこの着物を作ったのですが、あまり着なかったようです。母によると、着物を着るのは好きだけど体力的に大変なようで、私の元に来ることになりました。

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