Purple Paper Crane Geisha Hikizuri Kimono

Well I am here again, Geisha hikizuri number 3 with paper cranes for good luck and hope.

Baka Hime in Purple Paper Crane Hikizuri

She is a superb deep purple and I couldn’t have wished for a more superb kimono and very wearable too. She is awase with a slightly padded hem and meant for dancin’

Baka Hime in Purple Paper Crane Hikizuri (2)

Otaiko variation again using my double sided maru obi, which also happens to be a twin! I have actually straightened up the top now as I didn’t realise it was so wrinkly, but you get the jist 🙂 I personally think this is the perfect obi for her as we are not constrained by season.

The kimono itself was quite expensive (for me that is, probably no so in hiki terms as the condition is excellent) but it was cheaper than my black susohiki and much more ‘fabulous’ in my terms. I would not have brought it if I didn’t think I already had a matching obi in my collection. However I am watching a similar obi with more detail as this might be nice. I like this obi too and I wear it quite a bit.

Surprisingly enough I am now skint and will be on a buying hiatus until July.

Kyoto Geiko Hikizuri in Dusty Pink

Well I got her quite cheap (£60) but she is quite stained also even though the condition of the silk/kimono is almost perfect.

No rips or pulled threads noticed just it met with a sticky end with something dropped down it and slight red colouring where the obi goes.

Guess she wore it with a red obi!

Baka Hime In Kyoto Geiko Hikizuri

However photographed with flash and even in the flesh you don’t notice the stains over her majesty and beauty, and the obi covered the obi wear mark.

Baka Hime In Kyoto Geiko Hikizuri (2)

This is an otaiko variation, one which I hope to practise and be able to tie on myself successfully. I am currently only focusing on otaiko, a variation of, plump sparrow and bunko in my obi tying repertoire until I can do them blind folded! This is a soft maru obi.

There is no crest on this kimono so we can assume this was a casual kimono for less formal events and it is houmongi style. It might have even been reserved for meeting with other Geisha. It it hitoe so it is a spring/end of summer kimono but each square seems to have a different motif.

We have Chrysanthemums for the onset of autumn, maybe for an ‘indian summer’ feel? We have maple leaves and grasses which is also very autumn. However, we have pine also which is normally new year, bamboo leaves (autumn again) and what looks like sunflower (late summer)

However the pine is purple and fresh green so that could indicate late summer/onset of autumn. I am going for a September kimono classification 🙂

Ok she deserves more than my primark accessories but as I am just back from holiday and washing and putting stuff away I just used something at hand rather than getting out my stuff.

This is my second Geisha kimono, here is my first

I am currently focussing on Odori kimono and geisha kimono for my collection. I am not going down the maiko route even though I would love a darari obi and maiko hikizuri they would only be for love and display. I am too old to play at maiko but I do feel that Geisha kimono (especially this one) can be worn normally.

However, I need to replenish my yukata collection first with two new ones as two have now died the death. I have spotted 3 I like in my price range so will get one a month from June.