Friday, July 24, 2015

Odori and random maiko postcards and posters sale

Yeah, I'm still sorting through stuff.

I had honestly been debating for the past year or so whether to sell my odori collection, but chances of finding someone who would want them is a bit slim.

But if you are interested I have all the Kitano odori I've collected for sale, my outside of Kyoto odori, Miyako-no-nigiwai odori, Onshukai ( autumn dance for Gion Kobu) and vintage booklets for pre-ww2 Miyako and Kamogawa odori.
Plus some pretty postcards, the 1968 calendar featuring Mineko Iwasaki, I've also got 4 Miyako Odori featuring her as well and some lovely maiko posters that I've personally not seen elsewhere.

I've got them put up on my Flickr again and a few things I've put up on Etsy and/or Ebay.
I'll link them under each photo and whichever avenue you'd prefer to use,cool.

There's some other things in my sales folder that I haven't put here so have a look over there if you're interested.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Book Sale!

I'm sure you know how hard it is to sell parts of your collections?
I've recently come to the conclusion that with a baby on the way I will need to let a lot of things go.
I'm not thrilled about it as I've spent years collecting my goodies but basically we don't have the space for them anymore.
So I started with books.
Pretty photo books.
Hard to find, only on YJA books.
just saying....

So get ready for some lovelies!
Right now I'll just be selling them privately through my Flickr and blog accounts to save on fees but if I have trouble moving things I'll list them on eBay.
( I realise some people feel more confident buying on eBay and I totally understand that too so they will eventually be for sale there.)
Of course, there's always Paypal's protection policy should something go wrong ( lost in post etc) but knock on wood that hasn't happened to me yet.

Miyako odori poster.
Is slightly creased but still would look really nice if framed and hung.

Katsuno as a maiko magazine cuttings $50USD

Kyoto Hanamachi by Mizobuchi Hiroshi -2002 $20USD
Kyoto Hanamachi by Mizobuchi Hiroshi -2005 $20USD
Kyoto Gion by Hiroshi Mizobuchi-1996 $20USD

One hundred views of maiko and geiko by John Foster- $50USD
Gion Ichisuzu- $45USD
Hannari Gion-Kobu- $40USD

Kyo Maiko--$80USD
Bacchus- $40USD
Magazine of maiko doing her make-up $40USD
Suzuha Playboy magazine- $40USD

The world of geisha by Kyoko Aihara- $20USD
2X KIE magazines ( Kateigaho International Edition) $15USD for both

1950's Japanese magazine and some old ikebana booklets. $15USD for the bundle

The kimono of the geisha diva Ichimaru- $30USD
East wind melts the ice by Liza Dalby- $15USD
Japanese prints by Gabriele Fahr-Becker -$20USD
Madame Sadayakko by Lesley Downer- $15USD

Mineko Sun Edition- $50

All prices are negotiable, will combine postage when possible.

So head over to my Flickr and have a browse. Once I have a hard chat with myself more things will be for sale so make an offer, the worse I can say is "it's not for sale at this point in time" but you never know.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mannequin kitsuke- Slytherin kimono and hounds-tooth obi

Ah, so I chickened out of making one of my nagoya obi into a pre-tied obi...

In the end it seemed like far less work to just make a pre-tied obi from scratch.

That whole sentence is to be read sarcastically.... I don't know what compelled me but once I had that thought ( and the fabric) there was no changing my mind.

Houndstooth in kimono is one of those pretty rare, usually expensive, Western motifs that you see now and then on some Japanese blog, with super stylish ladies and generally makes me jealous and wished I had something for myself.

Well now I do ( although if I'm being honest I would still love an oversized houndstooth print on a kimono or yukata...)

I already had the fabric in my sewing stash, originally intended for a skirt or dress but I needed a stiffer interfacing. The one I had used previously for pre-tied obi ( see here) gave a much softer, casual feel to the obi and I thought it wouldn't work well for the look I was trying to achieve with this fabric.
I think the stiffer one works perfectly for this!

The hardest part was trying to keep the pattern straight and lining up nicely!
But I think it came up looking pretty good.
I made the wire hook on the back on the drum part detachable, so it comes off and the obi can be washed.
Except I didn't get a photo of that sorry... Good idea though...

I didn't have a clue which of my kimono it would look any good with so I just grabbed my old favourite- my Slytherin kimono.
I think this is part 14 in the Slytherin ensembles saga....
(actually it's the fourth... First, Second, Third just if your curious ;)

Anyway! I do like the overall look, I feel like its missing something though.
The cherry on top, per say.
Maybe I should've flipped the obijime and had the red side showing and a different coloured han'eri for more contrast?

(also made a houndstooth han'eri while I had the fabric out, if you missed it)

Not that I'll be wearing kimono a lot in the next few months but its a fun and easy piece to wear for when I do.