|Detail of grey wool komon|
|Detail of russet haori|
#2. Center ensemble was for a life-drawing class I modeled for in early April. My kitsuke wasn't too bad at all. I showed the instructor a few kimono that I could wear and she really loved the cobalt blue of this lovely orchid komon. Even though I was indoors, the students loved the red bangasa. It was all about the color combination: cobalt blue, red, white, and gold. You can't see in the photo, but I had white tabi and red/black zori and a small red handbag. My toes fell asleep posing for 20 minute intervals.
#3. This was also a session for a life-drawing class. I was outside, sitting under a tree looking at a book for this pose. It was warm, maybe pushing 90 degrees. But this time I was wearing my white bush clover yukata and again, the pink hakata obi. (It goes with almost everything!) As you can see this time I have it folded so it's not so wide. I also have layered two han eri collars to add some more color to the neutral outfit. Unfortunately, I hadn't received my black bunny geta at the time, so I'm wearing my old blue geta, not quite as well-coordinated. But check out the fun pink daisy obidome! It's one of those metal flower pins from the 1960's. The wide obijime fits in the pinback perfectly. This was a fun day of posing and despite being hot, it was nicer sitting outside. One of the artist's paintings from this session sold right away. I'll see if I can get a photo of it.
I will put up more pictures of new coordination soon since several events are coming up, including a stargazing festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix. I think it's in October.