Monday, September 26, 2011

kimono choo cho train!

 I know it's been awhile since I posted anything. I do apologize. I just finished a great book called "The Bride's Kimono" requires a tad but of kimono knowledge but nothing too serious you'd miss if you don't know about ikat patterns or what an uchikake is (BTW I have a picture of mine in this post)

So I knocked out Evelyn and dressed her up with some of my new acquisitions.
First is a ro purple/yellow striped kimono, with an edo-esque hanhaba with my over coat I plan to use with my kimono.

 I forget the name of these flowers, but it's so light looking fresh and I waited 2 months before buying it. So I finally did and am so happy about it.

This kimono was also a soft freshness, but it also had this slight punk feel to it. The sayagata and asanoha patterns in the black flowers was a final touch that was needed. I teamed it with my asanoha hot pink obi.

This one is gonna be something I need to tweak to perfection. Alas, my Rebel alliance inspired kimono, with the original family crested pattern that the rebel alliance symbol came from. Accented with gold and red obi + accessories to finalize the entire mood.

This is a ko-furisode. Primarily used in graduations with hakama. I added a flat fluffy belt I saw in a JC-penny's and though 'I had to'. It's tough to see but the shoulders are pattern with shidare (dangling) sakura. Another widely used symbol for graduation. The obi is sakura and the han-eri (collar) is sakura. and the rest is a pastel pink.

My cosplay/wedding kimono (cosplay - Oren from kill bill)

The musubi I picked for it. I'm not happy with the cream color, so I have a plain white on the way, I'm trading this obi. It's patterned with pine needles on one side and plain on the other.

 Here is the uchikake over layer. The one mentioned in the book will had to have been a bright thick Red one with traditional wedding motifs. The white uchikake's came about when christianity was taking a root over there. It was fashionable and it's still being used today.

This piece is called a Hagoroma. It can be used in place of the uchikake's, however I wanted it to be an over layer to the uchikake as a decorative element. 
The back view of the wedding attire.

You may notice a pink string, it was used to hold the kimono up as my mannequin has crooked shoulders and the kimono were sliding off. So that pink cord would actually not be present on the actual wearing of the kimono. 

Thank you guys for looking. Hopefully next time I'll post more frequently