During my textile research, I have shied away from the elegant silk kimono fabrics that are so famous in Japan. I prefer the homespun cotton and hemp materials, but today I receive a lesson in kimono style from the College Women’s Association of Japan.
The women here are interested in continuing the tradition of wearing the kimono in daily life, but with a modern twist. There is a short talk about the history of the kimono, the proper way to dress in one, and the correct way to wear the obi. We are also shown how to incorporate shawls, jewelry and scarves for a more updated look. After the demonstration, there is a traditional tea ceremony that is performed (upper right). It’s a fun afternoon that peaks my interest in kimono.