[Kimono Style] Try on your own creative kimono for a sparkling vacation

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Before you know it, it’s Christmas again and the annual question becomes what has been achieved this year.

Well, I’m definitely glad I published a new book, and I’ve done a lot of work to JAPAN Before, NHK and other media. All along, my message really doesn’t change. It’s just to appreciate the kimono as the wonderful Japanese fashion item that it is.

Now that we are out of containment, we can be excited and hope that festivals and events can take place again in 2022.

COVID-19 is not over, but we are learning to live with it. The kimono industry was beaten, like many other industries. But recently at a kimono sale I was happy to see that there were still some interesting new seasonal designs, especially in obi.

Winter Obi, the light of darkness

At the kimono sale, I found a black obi with balls and circus figures worn over a black kimono with long green lines, like pine needles. The person wearing it also had a nice decorative Christmas haori himo on top of their obi.

A black obi with paper cranes in red, gold, and green would be perfect for bringing in the New Year. I have tied a camellia obi with a pink cord over a black kimono and the effect is rather Christmas, I think.

A black obi with snowflakes and snowmen would work throughout the winter, and the patterns are a lot of fun. A night cityscape in silver and black would also look great all winter long.

My favorite obi is the one with a black background and Christmas tree balls and decorations on it. This one is for Christmas only, but it’s full of colorful joy. A white yuzen dyed obi had a large green and red ribbon and a multitude of stars and reindeer in the snow, which was also attractive and Christmas.

Accessories bring more fun

A few friends on Instagram made kimono items.

@emily_in_kyoto has been sewing her own cotton kimono and accessories for quite some time. Not just kimonos, but also bags and obi. Her kimonos are unusual in that she makes them in parts that can be zipped together. This means that she can change the sleeves or wear different ones, if she wishes.

She also makes her katamigawari kimono, (with different left and right sides). She sent me pictures of her in her unusual kimono on the streets of Kyoto. The sleeves she uses are brown with cream polka dots and contrast with the kimono. There are three parts for the kimono, a green part with a tweed look, a green floral design in art nouveau style and a red side with cola bottles. The jumpsuits are fun and playful and she completes the outfit with a white obi with a wineglass design.

@ emiko.atelier.kuroneko lives in Germany. She teaches people how to make sushi and she loves her kimono. This year, she made a beautiful kimono that expresses her love for her two countries.

The kimono is a black woven kimono with green, red and yellow checks. Emiko adds a white lace collar to it and wears lace sleeves. She pairs it with a red necklace adorned with a holly motif and a beautiful obi that resembles a German folk motif.

She made the obi in black and white versions, and made Nagoya obi and han haba, half-width versions. She also made small clay Christmas decorations to go over the obi with matching earrings. They are as cute as Christmas candy. Emiko creates a new tradition with her blend of European culture and her native Japanese culture. These and other items that she has made are for sale at BASE in Japan. here, and etsy in Europe on the link here.

A silver Christmas

I can’t compete with Emily or Emiko in creativity, but I have put together some seasonal outfits to go out for Christmas. The first is around money, to go see the illuminations with my friend Michael.

My gray majorica omeshi kimono has silver threads in the weft threads, and they can glow in the light. A brightly colored shiny obi from @Rumirockstore is added to reflect as much light as possible. I accessorize with my hologram bag, for maximum reflectivity.

My second outfit is to be worn around Christmas and New Years. It consists of a plain green kimono with a black obi with a seasonal camellia pattern. The obi accessories are all in red and white, which is suitable for the celebration of the new year.

One of the joys of a kimono is being able to express yourself and respond to the seasons as they come. Hope you can add some seasonal cheerfulness to your clothes and have a great holiday season.

Author: Sheila Cliffe

Find more reviews of author Sheila Cliffe’s kimono, on this link.

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