Tamamushi HitoeMore Thoughts on Mama-san Style

August 18, 2013

Kimono Calendar Aug 2013

Kimono Calendar Aug 2013 L

・ 5-9 Tamamushi Kimono
「玉虫」市松調 小千谷縮

・Dark green (濃萌葱) sha-weave Hakata Nagoya Obi (Bushōan)
・Peach ro-weave obiage (Kururi)
・Lavender Lace Obijime (Rakuten)
・Glass Obidome in same colors as kimono (Kasōya)
・Lavender ro-weave nagajuban (Kururi)
・Black lacquer Azuma Geta (probably)

I ordered this kimono from my local kimono shop, Kasōya (華想谷), where I saw the fabric and fell in love with it. It is woven in many colors of green, pink, and purple making for a iridescent effect called “Tamamushi” after the bug of the same name that has an green iridescent shell. (BTW, the Tamamushi Shrine is so-named because the metal filigree was inlaid with the shells of this insect.) This kimono is part of the “5-9” project by Arecole to produce cool (temperature-wise) washable unlined fudangi (everyday wear) kimono that can be worn in the difficult months of May and September, when one should be properly wearing a hitoe kimono. There are cooler unlined kimono you can get away with in these months, such as chirimen ro-weave or summer Ōshima, but they are non-washable and pricey, not something to just wear everyday around the neighborhood.

(Note to self: this type of plaid must be popular this summer because I have seen similar in other colors in various magazines, such as UK Summer 2013, p. 187.)

Chidori Yukata Green Sha Hakata
・ Chikusen Chidori Yukata

・Dark green (濃萌葱) sha-weave Hakata Nagoya Obi (Bushōan)
・Peach ro-weave obiage (Kururi)
・Summer Obijime (Kyoto Erishō)
・Clear glass Obidome (Kyoto Erishō)
・Honey-color hada-juban (Wafure)
・Purple Velvet Hanao Geta (Kyoto Takashimaya)

Last Spring (2012) I joined a yukata class at the Ikebukuro Culture Center, and on the day we visited Chikusen we were allowed in the room with many rolls of that season’s yukata fabric. As I have never seen this yukata in stores or magazines, and the staff at Chikusen had a fair amount of trouble finding it when I later called up to order it direct, I imagine it may well have been one of the fabric rolls made as display for the department store buyers but was never selected. It may even be the only one in existence at the moment. In my coordination here, I was trying for an “iki” (粋) Asakusa-esque style, by wearing a regular plain-weave white yukata with a Hakata Nagoya obi. Personally, I rather like the result.

Asagao Yukata Silk Hahaba
・ Bashōan Asagao Vertical Ro-weave Cotton Yukata

・Hanhaba Silk Obi
・Lavender Obijime
・Edo Kiriko Blue Cut- glass Obidome
・Honey-color hada-juban
・Purple Velvet Hanao Geta

Asagao Yukata Lavender Asa Heko Obi

Asagao Yukata Lavendar Ramie Hako Obi

Bushoan Shibori Poly-Hassun Obi

Bushoan Shibori Yukata

Chidori Yukata Red Hakata

Chikusen Chidori (Plover) Yukata 2013-8-18

Men-koubai 2013-8-22

Men-koubai 2013-8-22

Shibori Houmongi Yukata

Shibori Houmongi Yukata

Cotton Koubai 2013-8-28

Cotton Koubai 2013-8-28

Shibori Houmongi Yukata 2013-8-31

Shibori Houmongi Yukata

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