Kimono

What Does This Symbol Mean

mulberry tree

When I was in grade school (I admit it was half a century ago), we students had to memorize map symbols.  This symbol means a school, that one means a police station… It was sort of fun, but there was one symbol I wondered why I had to memorize. Hint. See the photo above….Yes, mulberry …

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Which Kimono Design to Choose

kimono

We Love Kimono Project – 3 The main design of the obi and the basic color of the kimono are determined.   Mr. Nagamura of Mamiya visited both the kimono designer and the obi weaver separately to proceed the next step.  With the kimono designer Mr. Kosaka, Mr. Nagamura discussed how the overall kimono design should …

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How to Choose from 7 Different “Wisteria” Colors to Dye My Kimono

kimono fabric

For this “We Love Kimono” project, my counterpart in Japan is Mamiya, an Osaka-based kimono shop. Mamiya carries rolls of kimono fabric as their inventory.  I could have chosen one of them and simply had it custom tailored.  There is, however, another way.  You pick a roll of white fabric, choose a base color, and …

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