Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Butterfly Komon

I FINALLY DID MY TAXES! Since I got married this last year, I have put off doing my federal taxes since I knew it would be more complicated (and I do them myself). I finally bit the bullet and did it this past weekend, so I rewarded myself with this komon that I have wanted for a while (just the kimono, not the obi and accessories on the model):

I'm likely going to wear it for hanami this year - unless it gets really warm and I have to do the usual early switch to hitoe... I may tough it out no matter what! Now to figure out which obi and accessories to use with it!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ume and Leaves Share Fukuro Obi

I purchased this share fukuro obi this morning. I was immediately drawn to it because of the simple, clean, modern design. It's really rare to see stitching like this as well. I'm a little stumped as to what the seasonal range of this obi is though.

Design on tare
Close-up of design on tare
Front design
It's got ume stitched in white - which is a February motif. But the leaves are what's confusing me. I think of the leaves on this one as new, budding leaves (recalling early spring), but because of its modern look, it's hard to pin everything down. Do you think its seasonality could be extended from just February? I'm thinking it can, but I'm unsure. Input is appreciated!

Monday, February 10, 2014

February 8th - Tea Ceremony Kitsuke

I haven't posted any kitsuke photos in some time, so I thought I'd share these. We had an informal tea ceremony practice this weekend. I wore a pink full shibori kimono that I had only briefly tried on when I bought it last April. I couldn't find a good occasion to wear it before, but my husband suggested I wear it this weekend, so I did! He also helped me choose the rest of the outfit. (He has somewhat reluctantly become a part of my outfit-choosing process.)

Since it was a casual practice (and I had another event right before), I took a little license and wore a casual nagoya obi with a cat design. I paired it with a dark blue obiage, a blue checkerboard sanbuhimo, rose design obidome, and a blue haneri with plum design for February.

Close-up of accessories
Selfie, but you can see the haneri better in this one.
Full-body, front
Full-body, back
Of course there has to be a cat photo!
I also performed tea ceremony that day, and my friend took some pictures, so I may have some more photos soon! Thanks for looking!