I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately. Life has just been so busy and active and I’ve had a large number of non-kimono projects I’ve been working on. However, the Travelling Kimono arrived and it was time to bust out all my kimono gear again!
If you’re not familiar with the Traveling Kimono project, it’s an idea I came up with a few years ago – one kimono sent around the world to many different people to be worn in their style and then to share photos of their ensembles. I thought it would be a great way to demonstrate the versatility of kimono and the many different ensembles that can be created. With the help of Lyuba of Strawberry Kimono, we currently have 2 different kimono travelling in different directions, and the Travelling Obi will start shortly.
The Traveling Kimono that I received was from Round 2 – a gorgeous, yet unconventional piece graciously loaned to the project by Sheila Cliffe. It was a particularly challenging kimono for me to wear, as my colouring does not generally suit the copper/brown tones – but luckily, the greens were a colour I could work with.
When this particular kimono won the vote, I already knew which obi I wanted to wear with it – a gorgeous aqua shibori nagoya obi with ume and uguisu. This obi was a gift to me from the members of the Immortal Geisha Forums and I had been waiting for just the right ensemble to debut it with. What could be more perfect than to debut it with a world wide project?
The obi formed the basis for the rest of the accessory colours. Purples, yellows, aquas. It also called for me to debut my current jewel in my vintage hat collection.
For the photoshoot, we went to Hakone Gardens. It is on of the largest and oldest Japanese Gardens in the Western Hemisphere.
I will share a few of the photographs here, if you would like to see all the photographs from the day, please be sure to visit the Travelling Kimono Round 2 Facebook album pages:
After wearing the kimono traditionally, I decided to wear it in an unconventional manner inspired by my hat – a 1940’s/1950’s New Look style:
To see more photos from the day – please be sure to visit the Travelling Kimono Round 2 album pages!