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Shidare by Kurokami-Kanzashi Shidare by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Shidare - Weeping

Here we have an old hikizuri which has recieved new life! When I found this piece it was in the state of an araihari bolt; that is a kimono which has been unstitched in order to be cleaned but has not yet been re-sewn. I originally looked at the auction because the willow leaves outlined in delicate gold lame reminded me of similar geiko's hikizuri which I have seen. Thankfully, the seller listed the measurements for each piece of the kimono and sure enough the body piece was 195cm long!

I cleaned this piece myself, unfortunately, because it's chirimen and I don't have the correct apparatus for stretching the wet silk, I lost a little bit of the length. As of now, this hikizuri is 182cm long. Also, due to weakened, threadbare areas of the fabric, I had to take the seams in a bit, so the entire garment is a bit smaller than it originally would have been.

The araihari bolt came with the hakkake, but no do'ura, so I finished this hikizuri as a transitional season, half lined garment. I still want to finish the open sides of the sleeves with gradated blue fabric, but for now I can show you photos.

I believe that this hikizuri was originally worn for the Miyako Odori because I have seen many similar hikizuri (with the willow and stream motif) used in the Miyako Odori.

I named this hikizuri Shidare (weeping), because of the unfortunate state I found it in, and because even after cleaning and resewing, it's still in something of a sorry state.

I recently found this obi on ebay, which to me looks like it was MADE for this hikizuri: [link] That obi will be coming to live with me soon. And both this kimono and obi will be appearing in the 2012 Anime North kimono fashion show.

Approximately 50 hours
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Iolii Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
breathtaking your so lucky!!!
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Thank you!
Nidana Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What do you do with all these lovely kimonos?
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Keep 'em safe in my closet, wear them, and put on public displays and fashion shows. :)
Yaemaru Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Photographer
stunning kimono C: I am weak for yanagi anyways XD
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Thank you! I know, and willow is not a very common motif, but it's really elegant.
Yaemaru Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Photographer
I've always liked the uncommon things xD like spider kiku instead of normal kiku. Love your kimono collection C: ~
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