A while ago I tried to pair this kimono and my black darari obi together and was disappointed with the results.
Read all about it here
I wanted to do some kimono-y before the baby arrives.
I knew I wouldn't be able to wear kimono myself and I'd been disappointed that I wasn't able to buy any of the maiko hikizuri and darari obi that have been on YJA auctions lately so I figured I needed to suck it up as I already own some lovely pieces that don't see daylight enough as it is.
This combo came to mind as it was the last hikizuri kitsuke I'd done and I thought to myself "It would've been better with the orange obi"
So that's what I did.
And I think this ensemble looks pretty good, if I say so myself ;)
I've been working on getting the collar lower and obi higher.
Not quiet right but getting there.
I really like this photo, the colours of the obi are so vibrant.
Although badly stained this kimono really is beautiful.
The various shades of green and the ivy leaves changing colours is stunning.
The past times I tried to photograph this kimono I felt I couldn't capture the colours and feeling of the kimono just right so I'm glad these photos give you a better representation of its colour.
So this was the first darari obi I bought, purchased back in 2010.
I think it was from Ryu Japan, either just before or just after Shinei took over? I can't remember honestly.
I remember one thing that always bugged me was when it was sewn up, it didn't have the bottom bar underneath the mon.
So i unpicked it to see what was inside. Turns out it does have the bottom bar! And as you can also see from the above photo it has a nice dirty line where it was sewn up.
Mind you I unpicked it about 4 years ago but never sewed it back up... obviously I did for these photos though.
I've never cleaned an obi before but at some time I'd like to unpick it ( again) and try to clean that mark away and re-sew it so the bottom bar is visible.
Whether that actually ever happens I can't say.
I still think the obi is from a henshin studio, the unusal mon combined with the fact its only patterned on one side is... Odd.
It could be a legit maiko obi that was owned by a struggling okiya and this was a cost saving measure?
I have seen this pattern on two other maiko darari obi, one is white and gold and the other in black and gold.
Here is the white and gold version.
Here is the black version ( stunning!)
It gives me a tiny glimmer of hope that my obi is the real thing, but then its more likely that the pattern is just a popular one.
But I think the obi matches well with the kimono :)