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Tanoshiiomoide  2 by Kurokami-Kanzashi Tanoshiiomoide  2 by Kurokami-Kanzashi
Tanoshiiomoide - Sweet Memory

I found my kimono's sister! That's right, this kimono is the twin of another in my collection: [link]

There are only a few differences between them. One is the background colour; this one is purple while the other is black. Second is the crests; this one has five pulownia crests while the other has only three clover crests. Third is the sleeve length. This one has sleeves a full 110cm long, while the other has sleeves which were shortened to about 90cm.

I'm quite curious about the history of these two kimono. Way back in the Taisho period, it was common for women to wear layered sets of furisode, with a black based one as the topmost layer, as wedding dresses. However those sets usually consisted of a white based furisode, a red one and a black one. I also found out recently that purple is considered a taboo colour to wear to a wedding in Japanese culture. This is because traditionally murasaki (purple) dye was notrious for fading. So wearing purple to a wedding or giving purple flowers as gifts at weddings was considered an omen of fading love. This custom was already likely becoming archaic in the Taisho period, but may have still held some weight. So it's possible that these two kimono were never worn as a bridal set.

The other possibility is that these two kimono, although "twins", were never actually a set. I've taken careful measurements of both kimono and they seem to be made for completely different people. Now this may simply be because one was remade/retailored after changing hands at some point. The other kimono in this pair shows evidence of originally having five crests. Two were dyed out, and three were redyed perhaps indicating a change of hands.

The other possibility behind these two kimono having completely different measurements but otherwise being "twins", is that they may have been commissioned for sisters. If a family had two daughters it's concievable that "twin" kimono would be commissioned for them. The black one would have originally been slightly more formal or important, so they would have been worn at an event where one sister played a somewhat more integral role than the other.

All of that aside, this particular kimono is in rough shape. She's got some discolouring on the upper back and the fabric on the upper body/shoulders seems to be getting quite thin and weak. I suspect this kimono may have been on display for some time. That would explain the wear around the shoulders.
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This has to be one of the most gorgeous kimonos I've ever seen.
Yaemaru Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Photographer
Pretty O___O
Iolii Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
the back one is beautiful but love this purple one more, to me it makes the cranes seem to pop and the purple look like a sky.
your so lucky to have so many lovely kimonos ....when you get the chance can you send me a link on how to line one properly. the only way i can do it is to make it reversible and I would like to make some more authentic.
this was my first attempt [link]
my girls in kimonos I made [link]

all these are single layers with no lining but being a seven layer dress and going to events in south mississippi its prob best [link]

let me know what you think
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Unfortuantely, yahoo won't let me view your images. It's giving me an error message. =/

I haven't written too much about lining kimono yet, but you can see pictures of kimono inside out here: [link] [link]

That should give you an idea on how things are done. Generally, more expensive/decorative fabric is used in areas that are likely to be seen: around them hem, at the skirt opening, at the bottom of the collar, at the sleeve cuffs, and at the sleeve openings near the side of the body. Then less expensive or plain fabric is used to line the parts that are not likely to be seen. I've got the basic pattern for a kimono's lining here: [link]

Hope that helps!
sephirothpaine Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, I didn't know that Purple is taboo in weddings. I did know that purple is a noble color and was forbidden to wear if you're not noble.
Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Yeah, that was the case in the past. I just learned about the whole wedding thing, but that's kind of interesting, no?
sephirothpaine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very interesting.
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