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.TIME TO COMPLETION:
Approximately 50 hours