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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…

We’re Back!

Hi Everyone! After a significant blogging hiatus caused by a mixture of life and also some serious database issues, I finally had time to revive the Kimono Asobi blog and commence blogging once again! While I’ve managed to manually revive most the past blog posts, I have a number of new posts I need to…

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…

Edo Kitsuke

I’ve been watching a lot of Zatoichi lately, and I have to say the outfits of the various females have left me quite stunned. Ah…Edo kitsuke looks so comfortable and relaxed. I had to give it a go myself. Not particularly the best kitsuke…but it was fun and boy, did it feel extremely comfortable to…

Anatomy of a Vintage Tsuke Obi

A week ago I won a rather interesting kimono lot off eBay. In addition to the kasane set, haori and misc komono was an obi. I couldn’t see the photos very clearly in the auctions – but it looked interesting. The auction photos: photo one & photo two I received the lot last Thursday, and…