wafuku – noun: traditional Japanese clothing
Welcome to my www.wafuku.co.uk Wordpress blog
I continue to work on my new www.wafuku.co.uk website but am still transferring all the stock from the old site to the new one. I really did have a vast selection of stock on my site and I am having to adjust every photo to be able to display it on my new site (all need to be square and many need adjusted because the colour or clarity was off). Still, I just keep doing a little at a time and the new site is already well stocked, even though there is a vast amount of things still to go onto it.
Having an ecommerce site also means one has to do an awful lot of social media posting if the site is to appear in Google without being lost way, way back in their search results. The loss of all my site’s photos a while back created thousands of broken links on the site which made Google shunt it way down deep in the search results and I never did manage to replace every photo and clear those damaging broken links but the new incarnation of my wafuku.co.uk website has no broken links, so I have started the long, slow task of trying to raise it from the depths of Google to gradually rank higher in the search pages and hopefully get it back to the high position it had in them before the photos problem developed and hit it hard. This means that, along with everything else, I am so busy that I just can’t do everything I feel I need or want to be doing, so this is why it I don’t manage to add posts to this blog very often, but I’d really like to do it more. I am pleased to have found time tonight to finally add this one.
I’ve been watching an Amazon tv show about Japan and it is full of interesting information. For example, I learned that Kokichi Mikimoto was the first to develop cultured pearls, back in 1893 and, at the Paris Exposition 1937, a piece from Japan, the Yaguruma sash clip, was the sensation of the Expo. It had 41 cultured pearls among all its jewels and it could be disassembled and reconfigured into separate pieces. You can see it in the picture below. Isn’t it magnificent and a wonderful feat of design?
This wonderful piece below is a large rug. I’ve just been learning about the designer, Kiyoyuki (Ken) Okuyama, who also designed, among other things, the Enzo Ferarri and a Japanese Bullet Train, both vehicles designed purely based on aerodynamics, every part of those two designs based on that, rather than on aesthetics, yet producing vehicles that are actually very beautiful. This carpet, however, is a fantastic piece of purely aesthetic design, neatly tricking the eye into seeing rolling water. One for the wall as much as the floor.
These cat themed hanhaba obi are among the most recent items I have added to my website. I rather love these kitteh obi.
Starburst and cats. I have this in purple too, which I’ll add to the website in a few days.
These next ones have whole crowds of cats. The website also has this in a few other colours.
In the following one, the designer has played with the popular, traditional Japanese motif of hexagons (representing the turtle/tortoise, a symbol of longevity), transforming it into cats. A contemporary twist on a traditional motif.
Finally a very sneaky cat indeed, a cat amongst the hounds-tooth. Another contemporary, catty twist on a traditional motif.
All these obi are reversible, with very different designs on the reverse. This houndstooth one has an opposite side of plain green with paying card suits in the weave.
Now, if you want your hanhaba obi’s animal feature to, instead, be in the form of a cute animal musubi (obi knot), check out Kawarashiya’s YouTube channel, which has instruction videos for lots of fun ways to tie a hanhaba obi. Here you see the bear, elephant, rabbit, pig (in sunglasses) and mouse. I especially like the mouse.
Check it out here… https://www.youtube.com/user/ayou1226/videos
I thought I’d show you this picture because I love these bamboo basket weave stools in this Japanese cafe.
Isn’t this samurai suit of armour magnificent? Not only designed to protect the samurai during battle but also to induce fear in the opponent and, as the likelihood of death in battle was high, the samurai also wanted to look good in death and a suit of exquisite, opulent armour like this would certainly ensure that.
Here is a rather delightful, vintage photo of a woman in kimono, in around 1930s, relaxing with a book (found via @mariaria on Instagram), which made me think of the postcard below it, called “Genroku Beauty”, from 1907 and by Ichijô Narumi.
I think I’ll now slip into my nightdress and kimono and will also relax with a book for what little is left of this evening.
You can check out my www.wafuku.co.uk website, providing a wonderful range of vintage & antique Japanese kimonos & collectables.
One of my vintage, silk kimonos, from wafuku.co.uk, modelled by the beautiful Rita Ora.
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