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Georgian Bay (Killarney) Kitsuke
Georgian Bay (Killarney) Kitsuke

This is one of the outfits I'm putting together for the 2017 Anime North Kimono Fashion Show. The theme is Kimono Around the World and it will be worn by one of the FCFS models.

Those who know me, know that the north shore of Georgian Bay has always held a special place in my heart. Since culture can variate throughout one country (especially one as large as Canada), I wanted to create a kitsuke that was more specific to this particular region. I decided to base the outfit off the colours of the local landscape, and some of the more casual clothing worn.

The model will be wearing two layered kimono for this ensemble; "Ryuusui" underneath, and "Keirin" over top. Ryuusui is meant to represent the waters of the great lakes, while its background picks up the colour of the quartzite hills that make up the La Cloche mountain range. Keirin, is actually a kimono I purchased many years ago specifically because the pine trees it features remind me of the Jack Pines that are so representative of the region. I haven't quite decided which obi to use with this outfit yet. Originally I was leaning towards the darker one, since the swirling water pattern mirror's that of Ryuusui. However, I may go with the lighter pink one instead since it would pick up the colour of Georgian Bay's granite shores a bit better (as can be seen in the reference image). Both obi feature maple leaves to represent Canada. Green obiage and accessories will be used to tie in the colour of the forest.

The sketch doesn't quite show how I want the kimono to drape in this outfit, but I'm hoping to demonstrate that better in the kitsuke test run. Basically, they are supposed to appear more like like a decorative coat. They are going to be worn over top of a casual outfit of jeans, with a plaid shirt and some decorative boots. I'm also planning to use one of my winter maple kanzashi as well.
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Delicate Blossoms - SOLD
This is a VINTAGE Japanese Houmongi. Houmongi are semi-formal kimono that can be worn by both married and unmarried women. They are characterized by artfully arranged patterns that flow seamlessly across the garment's seams. This kimono displays a delicate pattern of peonies and chrysnathemums on a deep blue background This kimono likely originates in the mid to late Showa Period (1926 - 1989).

I have inspected this kimono in detail, there is a little bit of damage; some slight marks on the exterior and some patina on the white blossoms. There are also a few spots where the dye has bled a little bit, but this likely occurred during the dying process. Overall, I would rate this kimono in good vintage condition. This garment is 100% silk.

MEASUREMENTS:
Length: 159cm
Arm Span: 126cm
Width Across Back: 60cm
Total Width of Skirt: 130cm
Sleeve Drop: 49cm

SIZING
If you are unsure of how to interpret the kimono's size it is important to know that the length (collar - hem) should be approximately 10cm longer to 10cm shorter than the wearer's overall height (longer is better). This is because the excess length will be folded up at the waist. Meanwhile, the skirt should wrap around the hips a full 1.5 times. The armspan should also reach wrist to wrist on the wearer. In this case, the kimono will ideally fit a woman about 149cm (4'11") - 169cm (5'7") tall, with hips about 87cm (34") around. There is some give and take in these measurements though.

This piece is currently up for sale in my Etsy shop:  www.etsy.com/ca/listing/510092…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:  www.ebay.ca/itm/292019879147?s…
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Summer Grasses - FOR SALE
This is a VINTAGE Japanese Houmongi. Houmongi are semi-formal kimono that can be worn by both married and unmarried women. They are characterized by artfully arranged patterns that flow seamlessly across the garment's seams. This kimono displays a lovely pattern of reeds and grasses on a deep navy blue background. The colour is best represented in the detail photos. This kimono likely originates in the mid to late Showa Period (1926 - 1989). It is ro silk, for summer wear, and bears one pulownia crest.

I have inspected this kimono in detail, there is minimal damage; mostly on the lining of the collar. There are also a few spots on the exterior that appear to have once had gold or silver lame on them; the lame has rubbed off on most of them. Overall, I would rate this kimono in good vintage condition. This garment is 100% silk.

MEASUREMENTS:
Length: 148cm
Arm Span: 128cm
Width Across Back: 63cm
Total Width of Skirt: 136cm
Sleeve Drop: 49cm

SIZING
If you are unsure of how to interpret the kimono's size it is important to know that the length (collar - hem) should be approximately 10cm longer to 10cm shorter than the wearer's overall height (longer is better). This is because the excess length will be folded up at the waist. Meanwhile, the skirt should wrap around the hips a full 1.5 times. The armspan should also reach wrist to wrist on the wearer. In this case, the kimono will ideally fit a woman about 138cm (4'6") - 158cm (5'2") tall, with hips about 91cm (36") around. There is some give and take in these measurements though.

This piece is currently up for sale in my Etsy shop:  www.etsy.com/ca/listing/496608…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:  www.ebay.ca/itm/292019877951?s…
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Royal Blue Satin - FOR SALE
This is a large panel of synthetic fabric. The fabric is a rich, royal blue with a lovely sheen. The fabric is "L" shaped and so has been measured in two sections.

MEASUREMENTS:
194cm X 114.5 + 177 X 41

This piece is currently up for sale in my Etsy shop:  www.etsy.com/ca/listing/496792…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:  www.ebay.ca/itm/292020759777?s…
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Teal Plum - FOR SALE
This is a set of 2 panels of synthetic Saree inspired fabric. The fabric is rich teal colour with gold floral designs woven in. This fabric photographs rather green, the colour is best represented in the first and second images.

MEASUREMENT:
Piece #1: 257cm X 18cm
Piece #2: 114cm X 17cm

This set is currently up for sale in my Etsy shop:  www.etsy.com/ca/listing/510274…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:  www.ebay.ca/itm/292020756296?s…
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New Items on Etsy! [December 07/11]

Journal Entry: Sun May 1, 2011, 4:24 PM
Today I've listed a couple of postcards and a print.  I've also added a new pair of vintage zori, since the ones I posted yesterday got sold.  And that's it!  I'm all listed out for the Christmas season.  Enjoy!

Violet Twilight by Qiu-Ling  Violet Twilight  Violet Twilight  Vintage Straw Zori - FOR SALE  
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MY ETSY SHOP
KurokamiKanzashi.etsy.com

CHRISTMAS CARDS
The Huron Carol I by Qiu-Ling  Peace on Earth by Qiu-Ling  Gloria in Excielsis Deo

KANZASHI:
Autumn Kiku by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Blossoming Peonies by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Blue Kiku by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Lime Green Butterfly Clips by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Cheery Plaid by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Fall Fire by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Fiery Fall Flower Pin by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Little Lime by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Autumn Maple by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Winter Maple by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Snow White by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Spanish Chrysanthemum Comb - SOLD by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Taisho Roman Clips by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Tsumami Christmas Ornaments by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Tsumami Christmas Ornaments II by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Pale Yellow Orchid Clips - FOR SALE

JEWELLERY
Channeling India - Pink by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Channeling India - Green by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Crystal Tears by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Dreamer's Jewels by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Green Drops by Kurokami-Kanzashi  The Heart's Tears by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Home is Where the Heart is by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Luna Moth Wings by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Purple Garden Necklace by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Ivory Rose Necklace by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Pink Rose Necklace and Earring Set by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Red Rose Earrings by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Sparkling Silver by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Sweet Floral - Pink by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Sweet Floral - White by Kurokami-Kanzashi  Wings of the Heart by Kurokami-Kanzashi

KIMONO
:thumb197569879:  :thumb200112021:  :thumb271844266:  :thumb272655270:  antiqueokobo1  Kimono Fabric Cutting Guide - Taisho Era  Purple Girl Synthetic Bolt for Girl's Kimono  Tsukesage Bolts - FOR SALE

PRINTS:
A Samurai Never Sleeps by Qiu-Ling  Autumn Maiko by Qiu-Ling  Butterfly Maiden - Christine by Qiu-Ling  Devil in a Red Dress by Qiu-Ling  Etheria by Qiu-Ling  The Four Seasons Robe by Qiu-Ling  Fuji Musume by Qiu-Ling  Hagoromo by Qiu-Ling  Ikkiichiyuu by Qiu-Ling  Koi Yin Yang by Qiu-Ling  The Lady of Lindisfael by Qiu-Ling  Lady Autumn by Qiu-Ling  Lady Spring by Qiu-Ling  Lady Winter by Qiu-Ling  Land of the Silver Birch by Qiu-Ling  Butterfly by Qiu-Ling  Mokuren by Qiu-Ling  Momiji Heian by Qiu-Ling  Momiji Oiran by Qiu-Ling  Phoenix Dragon by Qiu-Ling  O'er Quartzite Cliffs by Qiu-Ling  St Michael Defend us in Battle by Qiu-Ling  Shebahonaning by Qiu-Ling  Soft is the Song by Qiu-Ling  Spirit Dance by Qiu-Ling  Spring Maiko by Qiu-Ling  This is How I Miss You by Qiu-Ling  Toronto Maiko by Qiu-Ling  Twilight Phantoms - Painting by Qiu-Ling  With One Look... by Qiu-Ling  Dust in the Wind  Hawk Ridge - FOR SALE  Jewelled Wyvern - FOR SALE   Kisetsu and the Four Seasons Robe - FOR SALE  Northern Impressions - FOR SALE  Rebirth - FOR SALE

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Rosalina1234 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello. Im hoping you could help me with how to, and where to buy a darari obi. Im trying to get one and add it to my collections yet i have no idea where to get one, if i would go to japan, could i go somewhere to get one? 

(im sorry about my english, its not my first language :) and thank youu!)
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GothicLionheart Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fave on my maiko photoshoot pic ^^ Also I love your work with kanzashi
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hanatsukuri Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
Hello! I was wondering if you'd be interested in joining a Tsumami Zaiku group, :icontzartisans: to submit some of your beautiful gallery of tsumami zaiku kanzashi. If you're interested, please feel free to join! :heart: Bliss 
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Cassiuseos Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
Thank you!
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Moushi730 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
I can't wait to buy a kimono from you~ Do you have any that are... a little unusually tall? I'm pretty tall and can never find kimono that are long enough... 170 cm or greater is around what I'm looking for.
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
Don't worry, I'm taller than you.  I know the struggle.  Most of what I've got in stock right now is vintage or antique, so those tend to be on the short side, but I have one or two which are over 160cm - those should be a reasonable fit for you.
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KintaKitsune22 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Hello, I was referred to you by Hanami-Mai here on DA regarding an unusual men's kimono in my collection which I had asked her about.  I had hopes you could perhaps assist me in understanding this piece of clothing.  It is a medium violet, without lining, with two embroidered Ho-o and two crossed feathers crests on the front left body panel's chest area and bottom.  The sleeves are in the men's style and the embroidery is in silver and gold.  The ho-o on top and crest are in silver and this one looks like it might be a female.  The bottom ho-o and crest are in gold embroidery and much larger, wrapping around the front left body panel to the back.  Could this have been made for a dance or noh drama?  I had hopes to wear it to my state's local bon-odori festival but was not sure if it would be appropriate.  Thank you very much.
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
It is very difficult to tell without seeing a picture, but it sounds like a stage, or dance costume.
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Arlene0401 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
As I´m not able to collect myself, I rejoice in following your dazzling collection. Just looking at your pieces makes me ridiculously happy :-)
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