I really try to be as professional as possible when writing this blog, but when I go through Mamechiyo’s stuff and see a color set like this, I just want to write “By the beard of Zeus, I must take this kimono and RUB IT ALL OVER MY FACE I CANNOT RESIST YOU PLEASE HOLY COLOR GODS”
But I will refrain.
The collar they’ve used is embroidered with realistic, textured sakura blossoms and bamboo leaves as seen above.
The obi, close-up, is also pretty enough to get its own picture:
It appears to be bouquets of blue tulips with ribbons and shading in gold stitching, but the reverse is, if possible, even more gorgeous.
I will be the first to say I am not the world’s biggest fan of blue, but this vibrant turquoise is a color that I have been wanting to use in kimono since day one. The double bow-tied obiage are also a specialty of Mamechiyo and I can’t figure out how they tie them…! They add a lot of texture to an otherwise graphically flat kimono and the overall effect is so razor-perfect it has me on the edge of my seat.