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Momoiro
Momoiro - Colour of Peach

This is a cute maiko hikizuri replica that I purchased a while back.  It features a pattern of royal cards and various florals on background that fades from bright red to peachy-pink.  I named this piece Momoiro because the gradated pattern reminds me of a ripe peach.

Though this kimono is made with silk, you can tell it's not an authentic maiko hikizuri because of a few construction details.  The most telling is the sleeve tucks.  They're only about 3cm wide.  The sleeve tucks on a maiko hikizuri are always closer to 10cm in width.  There is also some reinforcement under the arms that is missing.  This piece also has a hiyoku, but it is sewn on in such a way that I have never seen on a maiko's kimono.  Aside from that, the pattern itself appears to be printed rather than dyed.  All in all, I believe this was originally meant to be a higher end stage costume for a maiko character.  

I decided to purchase this piece for some of the maiko henshin activities I get involved in.  I'm always anxious about lending out my authentic pieces, but this one will give the look of a maiko hikizuri just well enough.
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Brilliant Blossoms - FOR SALE
This is an ANTIQUE Japanese Houmongi or Chuu-furisode. 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. While Furisode are formal kimono for young, unmarried women; characterized by their long dangling sleeves. The term Chuu-furisode refers to the length of the garment's sleeves; they are slightly shorter (and therefore slightly less formal) than an Oo-furisode (furisode with full length sleeves). That said, this piece may also be a houmongi; or something in between because of it's sleeve length. It was common in the early 20th century for houmongi sleeves to be a bit longer than they are now. This piece seems to be on the borderline between houmongi and chuu-furisode.

This piece likely originates in the Taisho (1912 - 1926) or early Showa Period (1926 - 1989). It features a brilliant pattern of dyed chrysanthemums and peonies on a pale turquoise background. The fabric is rinzu silk woven with a scenic pattern.

I have inspected this kimono in detail, and unfortunately there is some damage. This is a fair bit of discolouration and staining on the exterior, as well as some staining on the lining. The lining seems to have been replaced at some point. Overall, I would rate this furisode in average to good antique condition. This garment is 100% silk.

MEASUREMENTS:
Length: 151cm
Arm Span: 124cm
Width Across Back: 59cm
Total Width of Skirt: 130cm
Sleeve Drop: 71cm

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 141cm (4'8") - 161cm (5'3") 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/504496…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:  www.ebay.ca/itm/291997089467?s…
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Elegant Irises - 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 an elegant pattern of irises on a light green background This kimono likely originates in the mid to late Showa Period (1926 - 1989). It is rinzu silk, woven with a geometric pattern. I believe this garment was originally meant to be an iromuji (kimono in one single colour), as the irises seem to have been added at a later date. Some seem to be strategically placed to hide stains.

I have inspected this kimono in detail, there is a little bit of damage; some slight stains on both the interior and exterior. Overall, I would rate this kimono in good vintage condition. This garment is 100% silk.

MEASUREMENTS:
Length: 158cm
Arm Span: 128cm
Width Across Back: 64cm
Total Width of Skirt: 141cm
Sleeve Drop: 50.5cm

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 148cm (4'10") - 168cm (5'6") tall, with hips about 94cm (37") 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/491004…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:  www.ebay.ca/itm/291997087486?s…
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Cute Carnations - FOR SALE
This is a VINTAGE Japanese Nagoya Obi. Nagoya Obi are informal to semi-formal belts worn with kimono. They are usually worn with komon or houmongi kimono. Nagoya Obi are characterized by the fact that they have a narrow end and a wide end. The narrow end wraps around the waist, while the wide end is used to tie the obi knot. This obi likely originates in the Showa Period (1926 - 1989). It features a cute pattern of embroidered carnations and Chinese bellflowers on a pale turquoise background. The fabric is ro silk, for summer wear

I have inspected this obi in detail, and there is a fair bit damage; mostly in the way of discolouration and faint staining. Overall I would rate this obi as being in fair to average vintage condition. There are no tears, holes or seam separations. I believe this garment is 100% silk.

MEASUREMENTS:
338cm - Overall Length
225cm - Length (Narrow Section)
15.5cm - Width (Narrow Section)
113cm - Length (Wide Section)
30.5cm - Width (Wide Section)

This piece is currently up for sale in my Etsy shop:  www.etsy.com/ca/listing/491003…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:  www.ebay.ca/itm/291997086083?s…
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Winter Maple with Falls - FOR SALE
This is a BRAND NEW kanzashi hair pin. This piece is fashioned into a shining bunch of frosted maples leaves in blue and white. The white leaves shine with a hint of purple or pink. This piece also includes falls. The leaves are each originally sequins. They have been fastened with wire, hot glue, faux pearls and silk thread. This piece is approximately 2.5" in diameter with a 4" silver plated hair pin on the back. The falls dangle about 5" long.

This kanzashi is perfect for many special occasions - proms, weddings, formals, historical costumes and cosplay.

I make these hair ornaments with great care. If you are interested I also take custom orders. Please contact me if you would like to commission a kanzashi. 

This piece is currently up for sale in my Etsy shop:  www.etsy.com/ca/listing/491001…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:  www.ebay.ca/itm/291997084568?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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:icongothiclionheart:
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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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
I'm glad to hear, I can bring you some joy in that manner.  :)
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