So I was absolutely thrilled when a friend asked me if I would be interested in her mum's old kimono to use in my jewellery designs. Interested?! I almost jumped up and down on the spot and squealed! But instead said, "Yes, yes please that would be fantastic!" And a few days later she dropped off this box...
Want to see what's inside? Really? OK, let's go.
The first thing I found was a lovely cotton yukata. Can you feel my excitement building...?
And then a long haori jacket with the most exquisite lining.
Some fabulous obi for yukata (how much do you love the stripes?!)
And then a stack of large white envelopes. Ever wondered how a kimono is stored? Each one is folded in a special way so that it is completely flat and then stored in a paper envelope like this. My heart was thumping already so I started to open them up one by one...
This deep purple kimono had a shibori (kind of Japanese tie-dye) motif and hand-stitched crosses.
A Jackson Pollock-inspired kimono.
Just look at the tiny splashes of gold outlining on the leaves. Not on all leaves, just a few clumps here and there...
A snowflake-inspired light kimono. The fabric on this one looks like a summer kimono, but I'm a bit confused about the motif. Perhaps this is so that you feel cool in the humid Japanese summer?
I think this purple kimono is my absolute favourite. I love the over-sized geometric design and the deep, deep luscious shade of purple.
A floral kimono with exquisite detail. Look at that painting!
And just when I thought it was getting near the end... 4 gorgeous obi (kimono belt).
I am one lucky designer. Now I have to work up the courage to break these beauties up. Not sure I can do it.
Thanks for reading.