Sunday, February 17, 2013

Common Motifs and Coordinate: Yaezakura

A variant on the extremely popular cherry blossom motif, double-cherry blossoms (yaezakura 八重桜) are a cute and pretty symbol of spring. You can tell them by their hatched petals arranged in layers and dotted centers.

To have a little fun, I arranged a kimono with the double-cherry blossom motif in a "natural" style, with a synthetic obi in a bold asanoha pattern, boots from Innocent World and a hair accessory from Perianth.

As a note, I only chose things you can still buy, if you see something you like. :)

Hair Accessory

Monday, February 11, 2013

My First Video! How to Tie a Tateya Knot for Furisode

I've been toying with doing educational videos for some time, and when I volunteered to do this particular one for a friend to show her this knot, I figured it would be a good starting point for doing them for my blog, too. :)

The "tateya musubi", or standing-arrow knot, is a popular one used with young women's long-sleeved (furisode) kimono, and resembles a large, tilted bow.

Let me know if you have any questions or requests for future videos! Technically the obi I'm using in this video isn't formal enough, but it was the only "fukuro style" (open the entire length) obi I had around the house.