Bellydancing in Kimono

Saturday, December 24, 2005

My baby!

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Not my best kitsuke experience ever (there's no pic of my obi for a reason- I had to do a taiko musubi since I couldn't figure out any decent bows for fukuro obi) but I am proud of my low collar. I put a chukara nuno (sp?) on the juban which makes it sooooo easy to get a nice girly low neckline (that and a collar stiffiner). I also made my own han eri. I used Fraise's instructions for both on her webpage (Fraise you are a goddess!).
I love
love love love my furisode. Can you see the shibori accents on the black flowers?! The rinzu weave?!


  • At 12:52 AM, Blogger Bellydancer said…

    wow..i am so surprised when i found your blog. i am also a belly dancer and am very much keen on japanese stuff! i do not know much about kimono but i absolutely am itching to get my hand on one! ( especially after reading that delicious memoirs of a geisha ). do drop by to by blog sometime!

  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger kitra said…

    Oh goodness! Looks like I'm not the only one with these interests. I teach a belly dance school in Dallas TX (been dancing since 1992) and I am currently trying to plan a shinto wedding ceremony! If you have advice and suggestions, I would be eternally grateful. I am VERY new and inexperienced to the art of the kimono, plus I'm financing the wedding myself, so any advice you might have would be 100% appreciated! My only website is of my bodyart shows - but you can contact me through that yahoo ID if you wish.

  • At 7:45 PM, Blogger Raks Hime said…

    It's good to know that there are other maniacs out there like myself. Hehe. To learn how to dress in kimono there are lots of books in japanese but with lots of pictures to help you, but there is also Fraise's site: you want to check out the "kitsuke" section (it means "how to wear").
    As for shinto weddings, I don't know too much about that but, but I do know that Ichiroya and Yamatoku sell whole ensembles sometimes and they always have individual uchikake(big wedding kimono). They're not always cheap, but that is a start. You can get uchikake pretty cheaply sometimes so take your time learning about how much they should cost (don't buy one for more than $500 on ebay- in fact be careful on ebay with them), etc. Plus don't forget about shipping costs- they weigh a ton and if they're being shipped from japan it can be pretty pricey.

  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger PuchiMaiko said…

    Wow! Your furisode is stunning! I'd be pleased as punch and more with it.

    The colour looks fantastic on you :)


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