Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Kimono Lily and Ichiroya Updates, What is Bingata?

Both Kimono Lily and Ichiroya updated today (Jan. 6th Japan time for Ichiroya) with new items, including a red bride's furisode from KL and a bingata-style furisode from Ichiroya.

"Bingata" 紅型 refers to a specific type of brightly-colored stenciled patterns, with the style originating in Okinawa. The most expensive bingata kimono still come from there, but cheaper ones are also made elsewhere.

For some lovely patterns in the style, check out the Japanese site http://www.nadoyama.com/.

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