Antique Repair–Haribako

The only reason you're hearing about this at all is because I have exceptionally poor impulse control. You know what I thought? I thought: I'lL bUy ThIs To FiX iT uP aNd ThEn SeLl It!!1 Because I got it for dirt cheap, and if I had stuck to that idea, it would never have made … Continue reading Antique Repair–Haribako

Restoration In Progress — Sho Chiku Bai & A Year In Review

So I started this blog on the 1st of January, 2021. And unless something bonkers happens that I just have to show you guys, this will be my last entry of the year. I started this just to do something that was completely self indulgent, and because I wanted for once in my life to … Continue reading Restoration In Progress — Sho Chiku Bai & A Year In Review

Antique Irotomesode–Ocean Blue

Cranes In Flight Over Wild Waves Of Festive Blossoms And Decorative Boxes On Blue Silk. Welcome back to another showcase because my wrist is still fucky and I gotta tell you I am so goddamn bored. Oh my god. I'm not allowed to do anything, and I'm about as far from ambidextrous as you can … Continue reading Antique Irotomesode–Ocean Blue

Antique Haori–Glowing Blooms

Glowing Roundels Of Flowers And Foliage On Deep Dark Navy Silk. You know, the little italicized whatever sentence up there that makes me look like I take this job seriously is usually the easiest part of the blog entry to write. All I have to do is describe basically what I'm looking at, right? Well … Continue reading Antique Haori–Glowing Blooms

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–Taisho Kakeshita

How do I accurately describe what I'm thinking right now without just leaning really hard on the all caps and just smashing the keyboard until I feel satisfied? I mean, one could argue that's what the entirety of this blog is. Your name is just noises you respond to, fucking fight me. This kimono was … Continue reading Restoration In Progress–Taisho Kakeshita

Antique Tsukesage–Tsubaki & Sasa

Bright Camellia Blossoms And Long Bamboo Grasses On Delicately Woven Blue Silk. This qualifies as a restoration. This also qualifies as a recent restoration. But I did that thing that I do where I take a big healthy gulp of Big Dumb Idiot Juice and my whole brain just fucks off and I didn't really … Continue reading Antique Tsukesage–Tsubaki & Sasa

Taisho Komon–Bog Witch

Misty Silhouettes Of Bamboo Leaves And Blood Red Dragonflies On Sheer Black Silk. I'm going to take a pretty big risk here. I'm going to open this giant, gaping hole in the center of my face, and I'm going to challenge the Old Gods at their game, and possibly summon their wrath to my back … Continue reading Taisho Komon–Bog Witch

Taisho Era Houmongi-Sasa Sunset Fire

Flaming Red Silhouettes Of Bamboo Stalks And Leaves On Decadent Silk. This week has been kind of wet and miserable, so I've taken some time to start photographing some of my absolute favorite "full kimono" pieces in my collection; meaning pieces that aren't a jacket (haori, douchugi, michiyuki). I'd also like to point out that … Continue reading Taisho Era Houmongi-Sasa Sunset Fire

Taisho Era Kyodai–Restoration Complete

I took a step back after every piece of hardware was fitted, everything was right, tight, and anything that was mobile was moving as it was supposed to be. Is there anything else? Did I miss something? Did a shitty paintbrush drop a hair in the varnish again? Did I accidentally scratch the surface again … Continue reading Taisho Era Kyodai–Restoration Complete