Ready to cut and sew into a traditional Kimono.
Enjoy! I hope it’s the first one of many.
The color-change is due to lighting: I used Micrografx’s Picture Publisher 10’s Light Studio, RGB Lighting.
This is one of my best Kimono because I made up the one in the colors and prints I like best before I made up another in less-loved colors and prints. I love the color combinations, esp red and purple, and the border is another favorite color- and design; I love the greens and blacks in this. The border’s made from one of my designs, and then worked over in a program that will make different and repeating designs as above.
I remember when I was in Tokyo in 1963, at age 13. I was 5-feet 6-inches tall then, and, to my huge embarrassment, most of the men’s eye-level was right at my chest! I could have died!
I’ve always wanted to design kimono, and finally got a program that will make the border art that’s traditional. Some day I’ll try making paintings to go on the borders. I have to study Japanese art some more, though.
If I’ve got something wrong, please tell me. That means if I’ve missed something, have a non-traditional color combination, or have a border or sleeve pockets out of proportion, please tell me.
I’ve looked at tons of them, and at patterns to make them, but there’s always something to learn.
My husband, Kiwi-san, wore the men’s kimono (what’s the name for it?) at home when he was in Japan for the Armed Forces. Home: he was married there in a Buddhist ceremony, but they wouldn’t let him stay in Japan when his tour was up. And she couldn’t bear to face the shameful prejudice that was rampant in the US at that time. (Not to say it’s gone now…) So they divorced, and eventually Kelly and I wandered into each other’s arms. (Kiwi-san = Kelly-san.)
So here’s the story of my first kimono. A little gabby, but that’s me. 8D