Mika’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

MIKA’S STORY 1 着物物語 1 A friend got married at a very nice hotel in Tokyo and one of my relatives lent me a light purple kimono to go in. It looked really great, and I was deeply impressed by that. So then I wanted one like that for myself, and I went on to…

Mika – Problems

MIKA’S PROBLEMS問題 I think I could probably wear it just casually, but my skills are not good enough to wear it at a wedding. If I tried it would take me at least an hour to put it on, and I think it would soon be messy again. I don’t have the confidence to do…

Lynn Yuki’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

LYNN YUKI’S STORY 2 着物物語 2 I bought this kimono from an antique kimono store, and it was quite expensive for me. It is omeshi and it is warm colours, reds, pinks with yellow flowers. I like omeshi, I have several. This kimono has these different diamond and triangular like shapes and there are some…

Lynn Yuki’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

LYNN YUKI’S STORY 1 着物物語 1 This is a kimono I bought new from a brand that is very popular now. The cloth is from a well-known textile designer. It is polyester, but it is a thick jacquard kind of weave. It is single-layered, hitoe, but it can be worn in winter because it is…

Lynn Yuki – Problems

LYNN YUKI’S PROBLEMS問題 The humidity is a big problem for me. My apartment is on the ground floor, and I live next to a large river. It is too humid here even for a pawlonia chest. I keep my best kimono, the homongi from my family, and a recycled one, in Nagano at my mother’s…

Tomoko’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

TOMOKO’S STORY 3 着物物語 3 I got this kimono 4 years ago when I went to a Yuki tsumugi producing district as a study as part of the kimono school. At first I did not going to buy anything. But when I looked at this kimono, I liked this color. I heard that the young…

Tomoko’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

TOMOKO’S STORY 2 着物物語 2 This kimono was dyed by my mother when I was in my 40’s. I wanted a dark blue kimono and asked her for it. But she suggested making a purple kimono because the blue dye tends to fade away over time. My mother was in her 70’s at that time….

Tomoko’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

TOMOKO’S STORY 1 着物物語 1 This kimono was designed and dyed by my mother. This is the first kimono made by my mother which reflected my taste 100 percent. Until this, she dyed some of my kimono, but all of them reflected her own taste. In my 30’s, I came to enjoy my job and…

Tomoko – Problems

TOMOKO’S PROBLEMS 困っていること I feel troubled about storage. We use many items when we wear kimono and they take a lot of space. Also the items are small, so I would like to tidy them up so I can find them easily when I wear kimono. Another problem is what I should do with them…

Kikuko’s Kimono Story (Part 3)

KIKUKO’S STORY 3 着物物語 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…

Kikuko’s Kimono Story (Part 2)

KIKUKO’S STORY 2 着物物語2 This summer joufu originally belonged to my grandmother’s housekeeper. She wore it a lot, but had no relatives to give it to, so she gave it to my grandmother. It came to me from my grandmother. This kimono joined people in the same generation and across generations, and came to me….

Kikuko’s Kimono Story (Part 1)

KIKUKO’S STORY 1 着物物語1 The one furisode that I have in my collection is my mother’s bridal dress. Because my grandfather worked at a printing business, he saw a lot of Japanese art. He especially liked screens. He ordered this design specially for the wedding. I am not sure which of these two obi were…