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First Nations Kitsuke :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 10 1 Italy Kitsuke Test Run :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 9 1 India Kitsuke Test Run :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 71 9 Hungary Kitsuke Test Run :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 11 3 Matyo (Hungarian) Tomesode - WIP :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 6 0 Matyo (Hungarian) Tomesode - WIP :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 6 2 Georgian Bay (Killarney) Kitsuke Test Run :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 14 0 Canada Kitsuke Test Run :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 6 0 India Kitsuke :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 16 5 Angola Kitsuke Test Run :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 6 0 Angola Kitsuke - Wafrica Oiran :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 11 0 United States of America Kitsuke :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 6 0 Norse Kitsuke :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 9 0 Japan Kitsuke - Archer :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 7 0 British-Canada Kitsuke :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 7 0 Watercolour Mums - FOR SALE :iconkurokami-kanzashi:Kurokami-Kanzashi 14 1


Autumn maiko ensemble cosplay :icongothiclionheart:GothicLionheart 11 0 Autumn maiko ensemble cosplay :icongothiclionheart:GothicLionheart 7 0 Autumn maiko ensemble cosplay :icongothiclionheart:GothicLionheart 7 3 Play With Your Soul :iconxxice-maidenxx:xxice-maidenxx 23 5 Oaki :iconevabeesmith:EvaBeeSmith 360 18 Plum Blossom Ume Maiko Henshin Bridge (Katsuyama) :iconjapanesesilkflowers:japanesesilkflowers 26 7 Red White Peony(Botan) :iconlilyashes-emporium:LilyAshes-Emporium 4 0 Cascading Purple Wisteria Japanese Hair Ornament :iconjapanesesilkflowers:japanesesilkflowers 18 10 January Maiko :iconpoppy4ever:poppy4ever 19 10 Cream and Silver Lotus for Wedding. Hana Kanzashi :iconhanatsukuri:hanatsukuri 53 7 Maiko :iconladowska:Ladowska 376 6 Obidome Tsumagurumi :iconrinei:rinei 10 3 Maiko photoshoot :icongothiclionheart:GothicLionheart 19 5 Swan Lake Ball Gown :iconfirefly-path:Firefly-Path 3,407 119 Cranes :iconspring74:Spring74 26 3 Auspisheep :iconbutsuko:butsuko 27 1


Italy Kitsuke Test Run
My initial idea for this outfit, was to have the kimono draping down the back of the dress, but I'm disappointed that I really can't see any of the kimono in the front view of the outfit not even the sleeves. Though this could make for a kimono surprise outfit, I don't know if it shows off the kimono enough for a kimono fashion show. As a result, I attempted a version with the kimono draped down the front, and the sleeves wrapped around to the back. Which version do you like best?

Aside from that, I think I need to add some red details to this outfit to tie things together with the red lining of the uchikake. I also still need to make the lace veil for this outfit.

You can view the original sketch here:  kurokami-kanzashi.deviantart.c…
India Kitsuke Test Run
At the moment, I don't have access to the actual kimono that we will be using for this outfit, but I was able to try out the kitsuke with a kimono that's got similar colours on it. I'm quite pleased with the overall look I was able to achieve with the draping, but I think I will use a more festive obi musubi than otaiko for the finished outfit.

You can view the original sketch here:  kurokami-kanzashi.deviantart.c…
Hungary Kitsuke Test Run
My Hungary kitsuke is coming along nicely. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to be able to finish the embroidery on both the left and right front panels in time for the show. The left panel isn't finished yet and I've already put about 48 hours of work into it. I'm also running way behind schedule with this year's show, so I doubt I'm going to have the time to finish the other side. I might just have to stop when the left panel is done. I also probably won't be able to embroider the tulip crests. Still, I'm really liking the overall look of the outfit right now.

You can view the original sketch here:  kurokami-kanzashi.deviantart.c…
Matyo (Hungarian) Tomesode - WIP
Here's a little work in progress image series for my Matyo tomesode. I'm embroidering a mofuku tomesode with traditional Hungarian designs. This little piece of embroidery is about 10" by 4" and sits at the centre of the skirt, at the back of the kimono.

You can view the original sketch here:  kurokami-kanzashi.deviantart.c…

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 - 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

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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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!)
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
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 
Cassiuseos Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work!
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
Thank you!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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