Tutorial: Vintage Kimono Stain Removal – Laundress Wash & Stain Bar Edition

Typically when I am trying products for stain removals, I like to have tested them a lot. I want a metric fuck ton of data to be able to provide for a product before I even think about making a tutorial about it. I need to know how it behaves. What it's good at, what … Continue reading Tutorial: Vintage Kimono Stain Removal – Laundress Wash & Stain Bar Edition

Already In Progress: Antique Gilded Tsuru Furisode

Even though you'd think that after eleven months I'd have literally any sense of discipline, I bought this, got to work on it, and said nothing about it. I took a few pictures and gushed about it with friends, but I didn't mention it literally anywhere else that matters and there's actually a few reasons … Continue reading Already In Progress: Antique Gilded Tsuru Furisode

Antique Furisode–Candy Cranes

Majestic Cranes In Flight With Royal Carts And Candy Sweet Flowers On Soft Green Silk. Tonight on bad titles, if they can thaw Mariah Carey's ass out to have her howl about how she wants this sweet ass for Christmas starting on November the 1st, then I can make a really stupid seasonal candy pun … Continue reading Antique Furisode–Candy Cranes

Meiji Furisode–The Birb Flies At Midnight

Flocks Of Cranes In Flight Against Clouds Of Gold On Black Silk. You know I'm sitting over here with a digital pile of photos of my work to sort through and process for sharing, and then a literal pile of kimono that need to be finished and then photographed for completion. But I just received … Continue reading Meiji Furisode–The Birb Flies At Midnight

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