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Saigonohana - Last Flowers by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Saigonohana - Last Flowers
Saigonohana - Last Flowers

This is one of my relatively recent acquisitions.  It's an early Showa Period formal houmongi that features a wonderfully bittersweet pattern of willow branches, snow crystals and sakura petals blowing in the wind as if to say goodbye to spring.  I love the atmosphere of this kimono.  It reminds me of a misty, moonlit, early summer night.
Cute Cranes - FOR SALE by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Cute Cranes - FOR SALE
This is an ANTIQUE 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 garments' seams. This kimono displays a cute pattern of multicoloured cranes flying over the shoulders and around the hem. This kimono likely originates in the early Showa Period (1926 - 1989).

I have inspected this kimono in detail, there is some damage, mostly in the form of patina on the cranes. There is also some additional staining. Overall, I would rate this kimono in average vintage condition. This garment is 100% silk.

Length: 152cm
Arm Span: 126cm
Width Across Back: 63cm
Total Width of Skirt: 132cm
Sleeve Drop: 50cm

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 142cm (4'8") - 162cm (5'4") tall, with hips about 88cm (34.5") 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:…
Pleasant Peony - FOR SALE by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Pleasant Peony - 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 mid Showa Period (1926 - 1989). It features a pleasant, dyed peony pattern. The obi appears quite red in photos, but it is more of deep pink colour in reality. The colour is best represented in the damage photos.

I have inspected this obi in detail, and there are only a couple of small faint marks. Overall I would rate this obi as excellent vintage condition. There are no tears, holes or seam separations. I believe this obi is silk.

351cm - Overall Length
236cm - Length (Narrow Section)
15cm - Width (Narrow Section)
115cm - Length (Wide Section)
30.5cm - Width (Wide Section)

This piece is currently up for auction on Etsy:…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:…?
Hanabi Kiku - FOR SALE by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Hanabi Kiku - FOR SALE
This is a BRAND NEW tsumami kanzashi hair pin. Tsumami (folded flower) kanzashi are a type of Japanese hair ornament made of tiny squares of fabric. This piece is fashioned into a pair of chrysanthemums reminiscent of fireworks (hanabi). It measures approximately 3.25" X 3" in size with a 4" silver plated hair pin on the back.

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:…

It's also up for auction on Ebay:…?
Sunny Seigaiha - SOLD by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Sunny Seigaiha - SOLD
This is a set of 7 panels of VINTAGE Japanese Kimono fabric. The fabric is a sunny, pale yellow colour woven with a seigaiha (stylized wave) pattern. A couple of the panels are "L" shaped.

Piece #1: 36cm X 26.5cm
Piece #2: 36cm X 27cm
Piece #3: 36.5cm X 24.5cm
Piece #4: 36.5cm X 26cm
Piece #5 (L Shaped): 65cm X 18cm + 18.5cm X 15.5cm
Piece #6 (L Shaped): 42.5cm X 18.5cm + 18cm X 16cm
Piece #7 (L Shaped): 163cm X 18cm + 81cm X 9.5cm

This set of fabric panels is currently up for sale on Etsy:…

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 - 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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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.
Arlene0401 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
As I´m not able to collect myself, I rejoice in following your dazzling collection. Just looking at your pieces makes me ridiculously happy :-)
kimonolove Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Can dude wear female kimono without having to be called okama? With all due respect I despise male kimono's mundane and plain looks
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
I know what you mean about men's kimono.  I find they're rather boring.  Unfortunately, I can't really give an answer to your question as I am not sure what the culture is like in your location.  You might want to try discussing things on the Immortal Geisha facebook page; there are a lot of people from many different countries there:…
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
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Thank you!
fuzzymuffins3000 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Wow, dude, you're so awesome. This stuff must require a ton of patience.
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Thank you!
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!
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