Meiji Era Uchikake — Majesty With Minogame

Cranes In Flight With Ancient Turtles Surfacing Under A Mighty Pine On Textured Black Silk. T'was the night before Christmas, all up in this bitch. And unsurprisingly, this bitch had an itch. With shochikubai, tsuru, and minogame; I pounced on this thing and screamed a mighty "GIMME." But the fuck, the shit, I was to … Continue reading Meiji Era Uchikake — Majesty With Minogame

I Did A Thing: Fixing Up A Meiji Era Wallet For Love

I wanted to do something special for someone special to me. I actually did this quite some time ago, but I wanted to keep it quiet until the recipient of the wallet was ready to show it off. It really is a work of art. All I did was clean it up. This was a … Continue reading I Did A Thing: Fixing Up A Meiji Era Wallet For Love

What’s The Damage? Antique Tsuru Furisode: Suspected Internment Shenanigans

Every now and then I will buy a train wreck on purpose because I love the pain it illustrates very well the absolute spine-twangy fucking insanity that is buying antique kimono in the USA. The hell does that mean? It means you will feel things. Lots of things. And then you have pieces like this. … Continue reading What’s The Damage? Antique Tsuru Furisode: Suspected Internment Shenanigans

What’s The Damage? Antique Kiku Kuromontsuki

I'm going to retire the "Restoration In Progress" label, because that suggests sometimes that I'm actively working on a piece when I'm not--I have a rotation. We'll pretend it's very organized. But anyway, I don't want to wait until I'm working on a piece from start until finish just to post the evaluation, because I … Continue reading What’s The Damage? Antique Kiku Kuromontsuki

Meiji Uchikake–Mr. Steal Your Girl

A Vibrant Phoenix In Flight Over Blooming Paulownia On Black Silk. Not that I needed another one of these, but you look that birb right the fuck in the face and tell me you don't literally want to eat his candy ass. Which means that I was contractually obligated to buy this just to clean … Continue reading Meiji Uchikake–Mr. Steal Your Girl

Meiji Uchikake–On Calm Waters

Haze, Pine, and Flowers In Bloom Over A House On A Lake On Decadent Violet Silk. I've been quiet lately. While I don't really think that I have to justify it, seeing as how I'm the manager in this facility, I'm fucking going to anyway. My flesh prison has been misbehaving, and I've managed to … Continue reading Meiji Uchikake–On Calm Waters

Antique Uchikake–A Whole Flock Of Tsuru

A Flock Of Cranes In Flight Over Full Pine Trees And Wild Waves On Smooth Black Silk. Oh look. I have another one of these all of a sudden. You're shocked. I'm shocked. We're all just really fucking shocked about this, aren't we? I don't have a problem. It's not like I'm over here snorting … Continue reading Antique Uchikake–A Whole Flock Of Tsuru

Abused Antique Tansu Round Two: Electric Boogaloo

So. We left off last time with a delightful trip into respiratory distress lacquer thinner hell blue-grey shabby chic fuckery removing the shell from the upper portion of the tansu. For a quick recap, here: Cleared off the shit paint without managing to damage my teeth from all of the fucking clenching, restored the locks, … Continue reading Abused Antique Tansu Round Two: Electric Boogaloo

Meiji Era Uchikake–Fujiyama Ukiyo-e Style

Majestic Mt. Fuji Overlooking A Misty And Watery Pine Grove On Smooth Black Silk. I definitely needed another one of these, right? Even if it didn't need anything in terms of restoration or repair, really? It's not that I collect things like furisode and uchikake (in short loose terms, wedding kimono) exclusively. It's that I … Continue reading Meiji Era Uchikake–Fujiyama Ukiyo-e Style

Meiji Takarabune Uchikake–Restoration Complete

Decadently Woven Black Silk Adorned With Gilded Cranes In Flight Over Treasure Ships. In three days, I will have had this kimono for an entire year. And as a delightful songwriter once crooned, when it comes to this piece, the waiting was the hardest part. Nevermind that I had to sit here and scream at … Continue reading Meiji Takarabune Uchikake–Restoration Complete