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Geiko-san Kurotomesode

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This is a kurotomesode I made from a bolt of vintage Japanese silk. Kurotomesode is the most formal type of kimono worn by married women - and this one having five crests on it is the most formal kind of kurotomesode. Another person who commonly wears this type of kimono is the geiko (geisha). A geisha's kurotomesode differs from a regular one, though, in that it is longer and padded along the bottom hem for traditional dancing. That type of kimono is called hikizuri or susohiki which is translated as "trail the skirt."

Though this kimono is a regular kurotmesode, I decided to wear it similar to the way a geisha would. Hee hee, I wanted to get some nice photos of myself sporting my new katsura (wig). I didn't bother forcing the deep swooping collar at the nape of the neck, though.

The obi is also vintage from Japan.

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DopeHat6's avatar
Absolutely beautiful!! :love:
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whow.. it's beautiful, congratz to the maker^^
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Kurokami-KanzashiProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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It looks amazing, the way it move with you is perfect. I've only tried simple miniatures, but they always turn out way too stiff. This one you get to see how someone could move and wear one. (The wig looks awesome too btw).
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Thanks! I find the miniatures tend to be a lot less fluid.
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Very much. The lining adds personality but is brutal in stiffness, while nontraditional fabrics get the fludity but not the texture.
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thebrideworeblack Photographer
The wig is wonderful! And the poses make it playful and fun. I cannot even tell its a wig at first...Sneaky you are!! Vintage is always awesome!
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Kurokami-KanzashiProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! One of the first reasons why I got this wig is because it was slightly discoloured from its age. It's actually a very dark brown instead of black. The awesome thing about it, though, is that it matches my own hair colour exactly. So, it blends into my hairline very naturally and hides the fact that it's a wig. XD
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KikyounokanashiiHobbyist Writer
Great work, you have absolutely mind-boggling skills! :faint:
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Kurokami-KanzashiProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank ye muchly!
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KikyounokanashiiHobbyist Writer
welcome
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Yowza. That really is stunning.

I love how the colors are on the ends, giving it a kind of organic feeling to it. The compliment to the obi makes it very elegant (not that a kimono is usually not an elegant garment), and the entire ensemble is quite lovely.
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Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it!
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Oh my, it's so very lovely. =D How did you do the pattern, was there a traditional one you worked off of or made one up yourself?
~Cindy
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Kurokami-KanzashiProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Do you mean the design on the kimono or the pattern for sewing the kimono? The design was already on the fabric. It was dyed in the traditional yuzen method probably a couple of decades ago when the fabric was made. As for the sewing pattern; I bought this as a karinui piece. Meaning that the fabric was already cut and very roughly stitched together. I basically just had sew it together more permanently, add a lining and finish the collar.
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Ohhh I see. (yeah I was asking about the sewing pattern, sorry I didn't specify). But still, it's a superb job. =)
~Cindy
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Well, in terms of patterns kimono are relatively simple - almost entirely straight seems. They're actually one of the most efficient garments (in terms of fabric usage) in the world. Honestly, you buy a bolt of kimono fabric and at the end all you have left are the bolt ends and a couple little pieces you cut off when making the collar. Maybe one of these days I'll post a kimono pattern/tutorial.
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That would be awesome. Thanks for all the info, I've learned something new. =D
~Cindy
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Thanks!
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Anzel-X General Artist
WOW....SOO AMAZING...tye Kimono is damn good^^
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Kurokami-KanzashiProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I love my kurotomesode, it's too bad I screwed up the lining... -_-;
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Anzel-X General Artist
no no it's awesome.. ^^ nothing looks mistken it's just awesome..^^
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Kurokami-KanzashiProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thanks again!
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