My Favorite Little Things

I've been wanting to do an entry like this for awhile, actually, where I detail a list of my favorite komono (little bits and bops for wearing kimono, and not a misspelling). Each one of them seems a bit small and uneventful to have its own blog entry, but I'm a fucking goblin sitting on … Continue reading My Favorite Little Things

Preservation In Progress: Meiji Uchikake–Majestic Minogame

As you can see, even though I do a lot of restorations, I'm using the word preservation in this title. Well! Now seems like a good time to have this conversation, because I do make a distinction between the two, and it's a good question to ask: When do I decide that the goal is … Continue reading Preservation In Progress: Meiji Uchikake–Majestic Minogame

A Thing I Do–Pigment Replacement

A day or so ago--or it could have been two days, what even is time--I posted the following pictures to the Global Kimono community on Facebook, and oh boy did I get the questions. I'll start with telling you what you're looking at, if you aren't part of that community or didn't see it. This … Continue reading A Thing I Do–Pigment Replacement

Update: Restoration In Progress– “Great Big White Birds”

This one is close to my heart, so of course I've been driving myself the fuck insane working very hard on it. You'll remember this furisode that I stumbled on, and today I'd like to show you some of my progress. Stain removal has been very hit and miss with this one, so it's turned … Continue reading Update: Restoration In Progress– “Great Big White Birds”

The Process–Where Do I Begin?

Today, for a little change in pace, I'm going to take you through my process for evaluating a kimono when I receive it. So the "where do I begin" is actually pretty literal--this is where I start every time I bring a new (LOL--new to me) item in. I've been asked this a few times, … Continue reading The Process–Where Do I Begin?

Antique Kimono–Dusky Skies & Bright Blossoms

Sunset Orange Peony In Full Bloom On Smooth Patterned Lavender Silk. I had actually been stalking this one for awhile. I'm going to stick with the word stalking because anything gentler might not make me come off as slightly unhinged, and I wouldn't want to lie to you about what kind of person I am. … Continue reading Antique Kimono–Dusky Skies & Bright Blossoms

Antique Komon–Juicy Purple Waves

Wild Crashing Waves On Sheer Woven Deep Purple Silk. Today was hot and humid. I think it's been a pretty standard August here in Chicagoland so far, in spite of the weather being insane in other places. Although, sometimes the air quality isn't great because of the smoke blowing over us from both the West … Continue reading Antique Komon–Juicy Purple Waves

Antique Kimono–Delicious Blooms

Candy Bright Blossoms And Foliage On Deeply Textured Light Olive Silk. In case you missed it, I am going to goddamn eat this kimono. I'm going to eat it raw. I don't usually go for the dull olive shade (that's what color it is in person, I swear), but just looking at the way those … Continue reading Antique Kimono–Delicious Blooms

Restoration In Progress–Work Cut Out For Me

This blog entry is going to begin much the way the others do. I was creeping around on a shopping service, and I found a kimono I liked. In this case, I bought a beautiful antique green furisode (formal kimono for unmarried women with long swinging sleeves). Take a look: Pictured: This is the last … Continue reading Restoration In Progress–Work Cut Out For Me

Antique Haori–Hold My Tsuba

Vibrant And Uniquely Designed Sword Guards On Crackle Textured Black Silk. Top tsuba: Kaede (maple leaf), kamon, and one magatamaBottom tsuba: Ume (plum blossoms) and branchesSeigaiha (waves)Ryu (dragon)...I'm actually not sure what this is supposed to be, if not just a flourish.Tsuru (crane)Ume (plum blossoms)Matsu (pine) Botan (peony)Sasa (bamboo), kani (crab)Sasa (bamboo)Tsuki (moon), nami (waves)Tsuki … Continue reading Antique Haori–Hold My Tsuba