Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fantasy Shopping League: Antique Kimono Reproduction Project from Ichiroya

It's been a long time since I posted anything about kimono, but yesterday I was lurking around on, one of my favorite Fantasy Shopping League haunts, and I saw that they've rolled out an antique kimono reprint project with Iuchi Shoten.

With my crazy textile fetish, of course I adore kimono. The fact that I can't wear them is one of the great tragedies of my life. (I have led a very sheltered life.) The first time I was living in Tokyo, I decided I was definitely, definitely buying a good yukata for the Tanabata festival. I went to the store, I looked around, I asked a devastatingly chic and intimidating older saleslady for advice, and I got one. As I was checking out, a younger woman came out of a back room, took one look at me, and said to my saleslady, "Aren't her shoulders too broad for this?" Le sigh.

It's true: I do have ridiculously broad shoulders, and kimono do not look their best on me. But I love them anyway, it's just that we have a "look and touch, but don't wear" sort of relationship.

Taishô-era (1912-1926) kimono are my favorites by far for their rich colors and bold, nontraditional patterns, but they're a lot of people's favorites, so they're difficult to find and usually extremely expensive. That's why I was utterly stoked to see this Antique Kimono Reprint at Ichiroya.

So what happened is Ichiroya took one of their antique kimono and Iuchi Shoten copied and reprinted it. The new kimono are polyester, but the hand looks good in the photos, and some polyesters can be very nice. (I have not had the opportunity of touching this fabric, so I can't weigh in one way or the other.) And because it's a new-made reproduction, it comes in different colors and custom sizes. Personally, I have my eye on the green.

And according to the Facebook page, it looks like there are more designs in the pipeline. What do you think? Would you wear a reproduction polyester kimono?

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