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Digital Yukata

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Opening the kimono to everyone is an article about Frenchwoman Maia Maniglier’s introduction to and love affair with kimono. Today she is “a passionate kimono advocate who is now pushing the boundaries of kimono design by meshing traditional garment-making with cutting-edge digital printing.” At the end, Maniglier gives some basic useful tips for buying kimono […]

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

A very nice article on the Japanese tea ceremony turned up today: Tea ceremony: Part of Japanese culture. It has a more in-depth history than most articles on it usually do, and includes the following narrative of a ceremony the reporter attended, as told by the Japanese host: The guest carries a packet of folded […]

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Pink, purple and butterfly gallery additions

Monday, May 31st, 2004

Two kimono and a haori were added to the gallery today: o Pink Poem Rafts Edo Komon o Vintage Purple Meisen Haori o Butterflies on Blue Hikifurisode

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Mokume adoration

Friday, April 2nd, 2004

I received my mokume shibori kimono in the mail last week. Pardon the cliché: it took my breath away. The photos posted earlier hardly do it justice: the shibori is astonishing. My gallery has been updated to include it and a beautiful komon with dark dyed stripes, acquired at the same time as my mokume […]

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Tsumugi and omeshi additions

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004

Two new gallery additions today: o Pastel peony tsumugi o Woven stripes kimono (most likely omeshi) The first is a lovely spring kimono in my (tall) size and with graceful longer sleeves, a happy find for me. The silk has a wonderfully crisp yet soft feel to it. The second kimono is, well, weird! I’ve […]

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Woodgrain shibori kimono

Friday, February 20th, 2004

This latest find has me very excited! I managed to win a woodgrain (mokume) shibori kimono on my meager budget: There’s also a closeup of one of the hexagons. The flower seems to be one of the seven autumn grasses, and as it’s a hitoe (unlined) kimono, it would probably be worn in September. (You […]

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Friday, January 16th, 2004

An excellent post on shibori with several links can be found on MetaFilter today. Examples of shibori in my own gallery include the following: purple Edo komon and shibori kimono, aizome (natural indigo) yukata, deep red haori with shibori flowers, camellia and arrows Nagoya obi, and my favorite shibori garment, this grey-blue kiku (chrysanthemum) haori. […]

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Tsumugi and meisen newcomers

Monday, December 1st, 2003

Joy, joy joy – three meisen and tsumugi kimono in my size (and in great condition) will soon arrive by post to be added to my collection. I had to go to three different post offices in Nice just to find an IPMO form today, to send the seller. Would you believe there was only […]

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