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Kimonos, Cats and Cords

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wafuku – noun: traditional Japanese clothing

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Wafuku.co.uk in another magazine feature.
My website and I were part of a feature in the How To Spend It, the FT magazine, a few months ago, in their fashion edition.

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Huge Kumihimo.
I have two of these huge kumihimo; they are enormously long, hand braided, silk cords, each with a loop at the centre and lovely tassels on the end. They are unused and the tassels are still wrapped in paper. I have no idea what they are for . I think they may have been made for a Buddhist or Shinto temple, because they very thick and long, pure silk, hand made, rather special and must have been exceedingly expensive to produce. They are really rather lovely and, when you move the cord about in your hand it has that lovely sound that silk makes, like footsteps in deep, crisp, new snow.
In that photo my daughter is holding just one of them.

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Contemporary Take On Kimono.
This floaty, contemporary kimono is by Hayami Mariya.

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Pretty Kimono.
Although this will fit an adult as a beautiful robe, it is actually a girls’ kimono but girls wear them with a big tuck in the shoulders and at the waist, which reduces the size of them a lot. They are always made big so tht these tucks can be inserted, so, without the tucks, they can fit adults surprisingly well. My adult daughter, whom you can see holding the kumihimo in a photo above, wears this size of kimono a lot. She especially likes them because they come in bright colours with vibrant patterns

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Here she is again, wearing a kimono of same type and size. She is not a tall woman, so it is ankle length on her; on a tall woman they would be shorter.

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Feline Fabulous.
Check out these great cat obis. I would love these.

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You can also check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.

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One of my kimonos being modelled by the singer Rita Ora

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A Geisha’s Life & Japanese Cute Things

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A Kyoto Geisha
Here is a short film about the life of Miehina, who is a Kyoto Geisha

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Floral Pets
In Japan, there are florists creating charming bouquets and floral displays in the form of dogs and cats…

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They make the cutest food in Japan.
Check out these little bread rolls.


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Isn’t this delightful?
I really, really want this little, dancing Japanese robot but will never have one. I’ve completely fallen for her. I especially like when she stands on one leg for a few moments and when she does little jumps to turn.

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More Japanese Textiles

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More Japanese Textiles

…and the reddish cats on grey silk

Next is a very Japanese motif, flying cranes, on a glorious purple silk.

The one below is an odd one, it is a very fine, high quality, soft wool textile, so fine it almost feels like soft cotton, with Thumper the rabbit from the Disney film Bambi. Not what one thinks of as a Japanese motif but the Japanese did like early Disney animations, so one occasionally finds characters from them on their textiles. This is an entire bolt of textile, roughly 12 metres, woven to make a child’s kimono and haori ensemble.

I can’t resist any Japanese textiles, whether unused lengths of fabric or already made up into fabulous Japanese wafuku.

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