Friday, December 25, 2015

"12 Days of Kimono" - Day 12

It's finally day 12 of the "12 Days of Kimono"! The obi and kimono for this Christmas day ensemble were chosen by Jo Marta ┼╗ukowska! Thank you helping to choose this coordination! I wanted this ensemble to be "shiny and bright" but also classic enough to be worn to more ceremonious events. The green crested iromuji is paired with a black and grey nagoya obi. Though the lighter parts are indeed grey, they give the appearance of silver. The obiage is a bright poinsettia red with a cute glittery heart pattern. In keeping with traditional Christmas symbols, the obidome resembles a poinsettia. The obijime is all silver thread. The haneri is a silver and black ichimatsu pattern. The small clutch is one I have had for years. While not originally meant for kimono, its small size and glittery red fabric are suitable for more formal occasions. The red patent zori are the finishing touch on this ensemble.

Thank you for keeping up with all 12 days! With having surgery and recovery during most of this time, it has been a real challenge to create these ensembles. Many thanks go out to those who have assisted, especially my dear husband who helped move all of the heavy things since I am on a weight lifting restriction during my recovery.

I hope you all have a happy holiday and a wonderful new year!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

"12 Days of Kimono" - Days 7 through 11

I was out for surgery and recovery from December 17th, and I realized that I did not schedule posts for the days 7 though 11 ensembles. I did schedule them on Facebook, however, so I will post the links below. Sorry about that!

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

"12 Days of Kimono" - Day 6

Day 6 of the "12 Days of Kimono"! I jokingly named this very casual ensemble "flannel pajamas" because it's very woodsy and cozy looking to me. To be honest, I was tempted to pair it with fuzzy slippers! With this coordination, I focused on two opposite colors - orange and blue.The brown lattice patterned komon is paired with a deep orange heko obi tied in a cute bow, with a blue beaded obikazari made by me. The haneri is navy with a pattern of sakura, momiji, sensu, and yukiwa - fit for most of the year. Since the ensemble is so casual, I chose wooden geta with blue polka dot hanao for the footwear.

Friday, December 18, 2015

"12 Days of Kimono" - Day 5

Day 5 of the "12 Days of Kimono"! This ensemble is a very formal one with a red furisode featuring waves, carts, lucky motifs, and LOTS of flowers. The obi is a heavy black rokutsuu fukuro with a karabana design. For the obiage, I chose a deep blue-purple shibori one with gold flecks (it shows up more blue in the pictures). The round obijime is half gold and half silver. It personally reminds me of the garland on a Christmas tree. The zori follow suit in gold with red bottoms. For the final touches of formality, a black glittery date-eri and cream embroidered haneri were chosen.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

"12 Days of Kimono" - Day 4

Day 4 of the "12 Days of Kimono"! Often with the cold weather, I like to choose darker tones for a feeling of warmth. This ensemble is the complete opposite! All of these pastel colors remind me of candy! A yukiwa covered lavender komon is paired with a green gingham nagoya obi. The obiage and sanbuhimo are a sweet baby pink. To replicate the pattern of the kimono, the obidome has faux pearls in the shape of a snowflake. Hanao with multicolor leaves have fluffy snow covers to keep the toes warm outside. For one more element of sweetness, I also included a pink handkerchief with a maneki neko and ume design.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"12 Days of Kimono" - Day 3

Day 3 of the "12 Days of Kimono"! The kimono and obi were selected by Sekita Schack Rubeksen - thank you for your lovely choices! This is a striped tsumugi kimono and a cream obi with multicolor geometric design. The simple kimono and obi promoted me to choose bright colored accessories to keep it from looking too plain. The obiage is a turquoise blue with an ichimatsu pattern. The obijime is a raspberry color. The zori are a deep purple, and to match this (and for fun!), I chose a purple kokeshi doll obikazari.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"12 Days of Kimono" - Day 2

Day 2 of the "12 Days of Kimono"! This ensemble is fit for the coldest winter days - particularly in January and February with this komon's ume pattern. The nagoya obi is cream and green hakata, with a red round obijime, and a grey-tan obiage. Brown zori have fuzzy snow covers to keep the toes warm. A deep orange scarf helps to also hold in the warmth. The obikazari was a small gift from my husband - a cute little turtle!

Monday, December 14, 2015

"12 Days of Kimono" - Day 1

The first coordination is fairly simple, but it leaves a lot of room for accessorizing - especially with Western accessories like boots, hats, and scarves! The kimono is red denim with a cute polka dot interior. The navy hanhaba obi has a design of sparkly bells that feel festive, even though this ensemble is quite casual. The sanbuhimo is purple ribbon and white lace with a clear oval gem obidome. The zori have a black base with blue and brown gingham hanao.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

12 Days of Kimono Christmas Challenge

With Christmas coming, I'd like to do a "12 Days of Kimono" - but I want you to help me choose the ensembles! They can be anything you choose as long as the obi and kimono are both of the same season. Please check my Flickr albums and then post your choices. You can also suggest accessories! I can't wait to see what you choose!