More kimono collars…..and a bit of cheeky fan girl insert.

I know boring huh? But not to me! Over the bank holiday I finished my ‘velcro han-eri and fake collar’ system for lazy lazy kitsuke:

We have brown with forest cartoons:

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Monkee…

monkey kimono collar!

and polka dots with spider lace…

handmade lace/Polkadots dual sided collar

I also made a wide fake collar for my pink kyoto hikizuri:

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You might think I am boring with these collars but Loki is pleased:

What I wouldn’t give to get Tom Hiddleston into a kimono, I have one that will fit! (he is a similar height and build as my husband who will never let me dress him up, and looks a bit Loki-ish according to a few small children who point)

All men look good in real kimono. ALL OF THEM!

Kimono De Jack at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Looking forward to Saturday:

 

So for KDJ March we are back in London again (sorry we will have some more up norf events next) to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. Home to a wonderful selection of costume history including kimono 🙂

http://www.vam.ac.uk/

We will meet at the entrance to the museum at 11:30pm and the closest tube station is South Kensington.

Admission is FREE (yay) but please bring enough money for lunch if you want to join us. The average bill we aim for is about ÂŁ15 and we might need a tube or bus trip to get to a suitable place.

For travel around London we recommend a ÂŁ7 travel card which covers zone 1-2.

Because the weather has decided on that one day to cure our drought problems I will wear my purple synthetic kimono and not my posh kimono (which I wanted to wear as we are going to a museum)

It is also St Patricks day so I will co-ordinate something green in there.

Kimono Challenge 7 & 8 – Confessions and dream kitsuke items

The challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono?
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono.
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that…
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears.
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration.
11. Your kimono collection.
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.
13. Your special kimono memory.

 

My biggest confession is I spend $300 on this:

Baka Hime in Purple Paper Crane Hikizuri (2)

and also that I always wear some kind of cotton cycling shorts under my kimono to stop my legs rubbing together. Kimono walking all day can sometimes get sore, where as normal walking you can stride out so it doesn’t 🙂

My kimono dream items would be maiko hikizuri and darai obi. I will buy them one day when I have spare money and somewhere to display them. Currently as I don’t cosplay they would just be folded away and not worn.

Origin of the challenge:

Blogs participating in the challenge:

 

Kimono Challenge 5 – Favourite co-ordination so far…

The challenge questions are:

1. How did you discover and get into kimono?
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don’t like about kimono.
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that…
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can’t get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears.
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration.
11. Your kimono collection.
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.
13. Your special kimono memory.

 

I have old faithfuls in everything, kimono is no exection. However my favourite ‘posh’ co-ordination in my purple furisode. I have used this many times for myself and shows:

Baka Hime Furisode (2)

and for ‘shopping and kimono de jack’ my failthful black and red co-ordinations..again overused at shows and photoshoots by me!

Bit messy, but experimenting for KDJ

Red and Black Kitsuke

New Funky Yukata!

Well when I say new, I brought it a while back but just yesterday got it out of the packaging and see how it looks.

yukata

Lazy me with not tying the hanhaba obi properly, but hey…you get the idea. The obi has a reverse pattern underside with white so I could probably manage a twist or dual coloured bunko at the back.

‘Errrr, Liz – isn’t this red and black again?’ – I hear you cry. Why yes it is and I am a creature of habit.

I do have a hot pink reversible version of this hanhaba obi if I wanted to ring in the changes.

This yukata is going to be part of an up and coming fashion show at Hyperjapan and it might also then be my KDJ outfit for August after it has had a blast with my steam cleaner.

Cultural Appropriation and Kimono

Do people really try to find racism/cultural appropriation where it is not? Am I confined to only wear ‘victorian’ style dresses and morris dancing outfits?

Having a blog always attracts nuisance and spam but when its about kimono you get woes of ‘cultural appropriation’. One discussion pointed me to a blog with passages like:

‘Viewing, enjoying, producing anime/manga is NOT cultural appropriation. BUT wearing a kimono could be.’

and also:

From my experience, Westerners are usually encouraged to try on and wear a kimono at festivals or other special events that celebrate Japanese culture. In this case, it is not cultural appropriation. The difference is due to two main points. First, the kimono is seen in its traditional form and worn correctly. Second, it is worn within an environment that is intended solely to celebrate Japanese culture. Someone from another cultural, even if participating, cannot appropriate it into his/her own.

Clearly this person has never heard of kimono-hime. This was a softer approach to the kimono-cultural appropriation argument, believe me other bloggers have accused us ‘non-Japanese’ kimono wearers of having some kind of sexual fetish.

To me kimono is fashion, wonderful fashion that needs time and appreciation. Do I feel I need to understand the deep cultural meaning of the garment to wear it? Do my jeans have a deep cultural meaning also? (In fact they do have a history but I am a land lover)

I probably do have a sizeable knowledge of kimono and the wearing of kimono. I know the rules so I can break them. I do have a warm fuzzing feeling in the back of my head as I plan to wear my thistle Ro kimono for an early summer lunch. I feel so ‘June/July’ with my thistle motif. If I wear my pinky cotton fukuro obi I will be very summer, even if the Rose motif says ‘April’.

However I feel that’s this kind of knowledge (and collection breadth, you need a lot of kimono and accessories to match each month!) should not be forced down the throats of new kimono wearers as well as the idea of cultural appropriation.

Kimono is wonderful, wear it, use it, incorporate it into your wardrobe and ‘western’ fashion sense. Steam punk it, goth it up, whatever suits you 🙂

Cultural appropriation is generally is applied ‘when the subject culture is a minority culture or somehow subordinate in social, political, economic, or military status to the appropriating culture.*‘ As Japan is pretty much a super power and not a minority group with respects to the UK. I feel I am safe, however some lump me into the white western tirade of sci-fi domination proportions which I am not sure actually exists. It doesn’t in my life, or in my kimono group. However, some will say I am not educated enough hence the catch 22 and we are back to square one.

Wear kimono, love kimono.

*content from Wikipedia.

Continuing kimono adventures of Baka-Hime…

Well I am still having fun and here are some snap shots of recent outfits:

Very Vintage -y Nagoya Obi

Wool kimono with very vintage Nagoya obi, both eBay purchases.

Shocking Orange Houmongi

Orange houmongi and accessories which were all from Ichiroya.

Meisen Kimono and Hakama Ensemble

Meisen kimono and hakama both from eBay, collar from Rakuten and obi from a friend.

I am giving some exposure to my hidden kimono collection before I really knew what was what.

 

Kimono Lunch/Meetup Birmingham

We have found another member who wears kimono in my local area so I set up a lunch with the three of us (making 4 kimono wearers):

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=227655290584108

If you are based in or around Birmingham, West  Midlands (UK) we are meeting at Woktastic, Paradise Forum at around 1pm.

Its not an exclusive event but the kimono theme will be prominent!

However it is a local lunch for local people, capiche!

If you want national events there is always kimono de jack UK!!!

 

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.