5 September 2011

Kimono Challenge Tag #1

So I was reading the many blogs that I follow today when I saw on Strawberry Kimono a Kimono Challenge!  It appears that Kira Kira Kimono set herself a challenge on answering the following questions.

1. How did you discover and got into kimono? 
2. Your dearest kimono item(s).
3. Your most used kimono item(s) (not counting jubans, datejimes etc.).
4. Your least used kimono item(s).
5. Your favourite coordination(s) so far.
6. What do you like and don't like about kimono. 
7. Kimono confessions. Did you know that... 
8. Your dream kitsuke items (or at least items you really really want but can't get for whatever reason).
9. Your biggest kimono fears. 
10. Your biggest kimono inspiration. 
11. Your kimono collection. 
12. The evolution of your kitsuke.

How could I resist so here goes.

How did you discover and got into kimono?

I have a vague memory of seeing a kimono on tv as a child all those many years ago and I think that was how I discovered kimono.  I think it was the sleeves that attracted me to them because as I was growing up, I was always drawn to clothes which had long flowing sleeves like hanfu and medieval gowns.

Of course I never acted on my interest until 2006 or 2007 when I discovered Immortal Geisha website where for some reason I wanted to learn more about kimono.  Don't ask me why I had this urge to learn, maybe I was bored and wanted a challenge, whatever the reason I began to research into kimono.  It was also this time I discovered kanzashi and began to make those for fun!

I didn't actually buy my first kimono until 2008 on ebay and it was this one!

Which I didn't wear until the following year for Tokyo Day in London as I spent a year getting all the necessary accessories to wear kimono.  As you can see it is not the most exciting kimono but it was my first one and therefore has a special place in my heart.

For the next year or two, I went on a slight kimono buying spree which I am glad to say has stopped due to financial and space constraints.

Tomorrow I will answer question two!


Lyuba-chan said...

I added another question lol.

I LOLed at your "slight" kimono buying spree. We all know how that goes ;P I'm still going through mine.

Kitty Kanzashi said...

Well relative to everybody else it is slight but you are right.