21 March 2011

KdJ UK March get together

You can not be a kimono fan and not love textile in general I think. In one kimono you can see an array of dyeing, weaving and decorative skills so when Shelia from Kimono facebook mentioned she will be running a stall at a Textile Fair in Manchester I just couldn't resist setting up a Kimono de Jack event.

This Textile Fair was organised by The Textile Society and it was being held at the Armitage Centre. It showcase a lot of textile guilds and a load of stalls which were be selling all sorts of vintage items.

Perfect place to pick up some unique items for everyday wear and possibly something for kimono.

First thing first! What to wear? Well obviously a kimono and I had one just in mind. It was brought probably 2 years ago when I was going through my silk kimono phase and it was love at first site. However I had trouble finding a obi for it but in the end I took the plunge with my electric blue and silver fukuro obi.

I will need to ask my friend for her pictures because I could hardly take pictures of myself now. (She stayed the night especially for the event).

Anyway getting to Manchester, now there is a story. Getting to the train station was no problem since Hong and I left in good time and buying the tickets again nothing. Then we made our way to the train and got ourselves comfy, hahaha wrong! Hong lost her train ticket so we both panicked because we both knew they were brought so where could they have gone? Not to mention the train was leaving in 15 minutes so what should we do? There was only one thing to do and that was to re-trace our steps and hope no one picked them up/handed them to a station employee. We were lucky and found them laying on the station floor in front of a queue of people using the self-service ticket machine. People must have thought they were rubbish and didn't batter an eye lid.

Well we made it to the train with only a minute or two to spare after running in kimono. What a sight it must have seen.

Anyhow this bout of exercise made Hong very sleepy.

It has been a while since I was in Manchester and Hong and I were lucky to get a lift from Liz's friend. I think I would have got a taxi to the Armitage Centre as buses are just too difficult on a Sunday for me.

Now the fair! It cost £6 to get in but I was not disappointed. I never seen so much vintage clothes and jewellery that I wanted to buy. Here are just a few photos because most of the photos turned out to be rubbish due to lighting in the hall.

Actually the stall above were selling brooches at a bargain price of £1-£3 so I brought a nice peacock one which will go lovely with my kimono shawl.

And here is a group photo!

I must keep an eye out for this event in the future because it was fab!

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