Antique Haori–Sweet Fern Green

Soft Blooming Peonies And Chrysanthemums On Fern Green Silk. It is spring here in greater Chicagoland, and that means that it was 90 goddamn degrees Freedom Eagle Units Fahrenheit (32C) all of three days ago, and now it's actually a bit chilly. Welcome to the US Midwest, where the weather doesn't matter because the seasons … Continue reading Antique Haori–Sweet Fern Green

Antique Haori–Spring Sunset

Fluffy Violet Peonies In Full Bloom Over Layers Of Foliage On Deep Yellow Silk. It's the end of March now, and the US Midwest has been drinking again what with the weather alternating between definitely still winter, mud season, and actually kind of hot. Go home, Chicagoland, you're drunk. But since it's been a minute … Continue reading Antique Haori–Spring Sunset

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 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

Tutorial–Patching A Hole

As I mentioned in my post about resizing haori, I was handed the opportunity to create another tutorial about patching a hole. Since that haori was decidedly sewn together by a...crazy person...originally, it led to some damage that I had to repair on the fabric as I removed the stitches. I'm not going to go … Continue reading Tutorial–Patching A Hole

Tutorial–Resizing Haori

Before we get into it, I want you to know that I lost my goddamn mind creating this tutorial. I picked this haori to use for this tutorial because it's one that I want to wear in the super near future, and because of my -looks down- large tracks of land, I would have needed … Continue reading Tutorial–Resizing Haori

Antique Haori–Summer Music

Warm Hued Black Silk Gauze Internally Painted With Drums And Weeping Willow. Did you see it? The sun! The goddamn sun was out today! And we edge ever closer to springtime here in the US Midwest. It's currently the proper mud season, but it's trying to be warm and so here I am, continuing my … Continue reading Antique Haori–Summer Music

Taisho Haori–Purple Maple

Bright Maple Leaves On Soft Purple Silk. All snow no sun makes Becky go something something. It's still trying its hardest to be somewhere in the vicinity of spring here in Chicagoland, and so I continue showcasing my kimono jackets. I'm doing this between editing a few upcoming tutorials. Today, I have this delightfully soft … Continue reading Taisho Haori–Purple Maple

Antique Douchugi–Deco Gold

Bright Gold Medallions In Lacquer Threads On Deep Black Silk. It's trying very hard to be spring occasionally here in Chicagoland, USA, so it seems the perfect time to be showcasing the jackets of my kimono collection. Today, here's a beautiful douchugi from the early Showa Era. I have confirmation that this piece is from … Continue reading Antique Douchugi–Deco Gold

Taisho Haori–Bamboo Explosion

Vibrant Bamboo Leaves On Beautiful Teal Silk With Woven Gold Threads. Here's another piece that qualifies as a restoration that I never bothered to keep any records on. It's actually pretty safe to say that most of my older kimono qualify as that in one way or another. I usually have to clean something, remove … Continue reading Taisho Haori–Bamboo Explosion