June 20, 2011

Juban: one to wear and one to re-purpose

I mentioned in another post that I'm working on another costume project. For this project, I needed an inexpensive juban. First, I found a lovely hitoe (unlined) red juban made of jinken (rayon) for a furisode. It's really nice and has a cute dot pattern and an awesome textured han eri, so I was a bit hesitant to alter it. The paper crane pattern you see above is actually inside the juban, the only pattern other than the dots. Another example of "hidden smartness" so prevalent in Japanese traditional clothing.

However, another very inexpensive silk juban came long and it actually works better than the red one for what I need. It better fit the budget for the project.
 You see, I need to remove the sleeves. Which I did today! (Ah! Ripping out beautiful tiny, hand-sewn stitches). The fabric is so cute, I will keep the sleeves and either put them on a future juban or do something else with them such as use them to make  han eri. 
The sleeves are lined with solid peachy-pink silk, so they are actually reversible once removed. The interesting thing I noticed was the each sleeve is lightly padded at the bottom so they have a bit of weight, a very cool idea. I will use that same idea for the costume sleeves! The costume? It's a secret right now, but for now, just know that no juban will be further harmed to create it!

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