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Tsunodashi Hikinuki Tutorial

Tsunodashi Hikinuki Musubi Tutorial

One of my favourite musubi is tsunodashi musubi, but I don’t wear it often as most of my obi are antique and fragile, and the way I originally learnt how to tie it is not particularly gentle on these older pieces. Researching tutorials, I came across this fantastic one on Youtube! Not only does she…

Hidden Secrets and Mottainai

I have this gorgeous tachibana komon, that has some rather unfortunate stains, possibly soy sauce, in very visible areas on the front. As there was no way I could hide the stains when wearing it, I decided to take it apart and either test laundering the fabric and re-sew back into a kimono, or, the…

Taishō Era Indigo Striped Houmongi

I’ve always been a fan of indigo – there’s just something so luscious about the colour I simply cannot resist.  I also go crazy for stripes – so obviously, this kimono caught my eye immediately!  Of course, the placement of bamboo on the sleeves, and the bold, cheerful patterns along the hem helped roping me…

No Ohashori? No Worries!

I often have people asking me my opinion in regards to wearing kimono without ohashori. It’s also a question often asked on my forums – with this particular thread being the main one: http://www.immortalgeisha.com/ig_bb/viewtopic.php?t=10273 My opinion is – I prefer to wear a kimono I can get an ohashori out of – it’s just a…

Tenugui Hadajuban

This Christmas I’ve been laid up in bed with the flu so I’ve been browsing around various kitsuke blogs to amuse myself. This morning, I stumbled upon how to repurpose a tenugui for sleeves and collar of a hadajuban (from the now defunct Kimono-Jin blog). I dragged myself out of bed, found my favourite tenugui…

Kitsuke, Round 2!

After my first rather painful attempt at kitsuke, I went for Round 2. This time, I dressed much slower, paying closer attention to the instructions. It paid off, and here are the results of Kitsuke Round 2: There are obviously a lot of mistakes, as you’ll see in the following photographs, but the basic comprehension…