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Kouhyou by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Kouhyou - Hailstorm

This is a lovely early Showa Period geiko's hikizuri I came across on YJA.  It was one of those hidden little gems I found, so I managed to snag it for a good price.  I named this piece for the hailstone pattern that decorates the hem.

I believe this is an early spring / fall / transitional season hikizuri because of the minimal padding.  Though this kimono features shou-chiku-bai (pine, bamboo and plum; the three friends of winter).  It also features a few cherry blossoms (for spring), as well as turning maple and chrysanthemums (for autumn) which bring attention to aspects of the transitional seasons.
Daisagi - Great White Egret by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Daisagi - Great White Egret
Daisagi - Great Egret

I originally purchased this lovely early Taisho or late Meiji kurotomesode for my Etsy shop, but when I saw this piece in person, I was so taken by its elegance and detail that I decided to keep it for my personal collection; giving up another ro kurotomesode I already had in my possession instead.  I tried to include a number of closeup shots of the egrets so you can appreciate the artistry of them.  Unfortunately, they were quite difficult to photograph, so all the lovely detail isn't as easy to see as I had hoped.

Please full view to view the details!
Shidarezakura by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Shidarezakura - Weeping Cherry

So this is a little kimono remake I finished some time ago (for the Anime North 2014 kimono fashion show actually).  I just thought I would put together a few photos to show off the finished product (since it took a great deal of work).  It was made from a beautiful, royal blue, little girl's kimono patterned with weeping cherry, wave and mandarin duck motifs.  You can see the original karinui fabric here:

Since the karinui itself was too small for me to create a wearable kimono for myself, I decided to remake it as a western dress so that I could make use of it.  I find kimono remakes to be an interesting challenge since most kimono remakes I've seen are overly boxy or shapeless and I prefer more tailored garments.  It's a difficult but enjoyable task to effectively use the existing artistry of the fabric (designed specifically to make kimono) and do it justice as a very different kind of garment.  

This pattern is a 100% original design.  The skirt was made by first stitching together the kimono's skirt and sleeve bottoms into one length of fabric, then carefully gathering that length into evenly measured pleats which brought the garment precisely down to the waist and under-bust size of the wearer.  Then, each pleat was stitched into place down to the waist forming a fitted bodice of sorts.  Below the waist the fabric is left to drape freely, creating the volume of the skirt.

Image #1 - Kurokami-Kanzashi (kurokami-kanzashi.deviantart.c…
Image #2 - Jerry Fei (
Image #3 - Raymond Santos (
Image #4 - Jerry Fei (


Fancy Fans - FOR SALE by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Fancy Fans - FOR SALE
This is a VINTAGE Japanese Houmongi. Houmongi are semi-formal kimono worn for visiting. They are characterized by their artfully arranged patterns which flow seamlessly across the garment's seams. This kimono likely originates in the early Showa Period (1926 - 1989). This piece features an cheerful pattern of various florals and cypress fans. I believe this garment is 100% silk

I have inspected this kimono in detail, and there are a number of stains. Overall, I would rate this kimono in average to good vintage condition. There are no tears or seam separations.

150cm - Long (Collar to Hem)
124cm - Arm span
60cm - Width across the back
130cm - Total width of skirt
71cm - Sleeve drop

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 140cm (4'7") to 160cm (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:…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:…
Sparkling Silver - FOR SALE by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Sparkling Silver - FOR SALE
This is a VINTAGE Japanese Beaded Haori Himo. Haori are basically jackets worn over top of one's kimono, and beaded himo like this one are used as decorative closures for the haori. This particular piece features various metal findings.

This piece is currently up for sale in my Etsy shop:…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:…

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  


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

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 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

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

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

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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spaceraptor Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
I stumbled upon your outstanding dragon head piece and said, "Clearly, lady, you are some one I want to follow." Keep up the astounding work, I am can't wait to be amazed. :D
fuzzymuffins3000 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Wow, dude, you're so awesome. This stuff must require a ton of patience.
Spring74 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav :-)
Alene Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:s on "Snow White" and "Happily Ever After' =) I'm glad you liked them!
rachels89 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav!
LadyArwynn16 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave on 14c Noblewoman!
vandatais Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional
Thank you for adding to your favorites !!!!:happybounce: 
vandatais Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional
Thank you for adding to your favorites !!!!:happybounce: 
Kaigato Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I made a few more drawings based from your kimono collection, I just absolutely love them all!!


Vintage Autumn

lanlong89 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Thanks for the fave:)
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