|Explaining the how the muna-himo helps keep the collar straight.|
Taiko performer Nicole was the perfect yukata model as I dressed her in a vintage indigo and white yukata with a bold pattern of what look to be abstract cocktail glasses and a red and white silk hakata obi. The obi is awase (lined) with solid red on the back.
|Hakata obi ready to go|
Just for fun, I added all of the accessories at the end just so newbies could get an idea of how all of these mysterious items are worn: geta, kinchaku bag, an uchiwa fan, and a sensu (folding) fan. She looked ready for Obon!
|Finishing up the musubi|
|Fixing Nancy's obi. I'm wearing my demo obi with pink and black stripes.|
For the last half, I demonstrated how to tie an obi on yourself in the front and turn it around to the back.
|Am I doing this correctly?|
|Nancy's musubi now looks very nice|
|Sonya has almost got it down|
Everyone was starting to get the hang of tying the easiest yukata obi knot known as bunko or cho-cho (butterfly) musubi by themselves. I brought a bunch of my own hanhaba obi and one heko obi so they could practice with the real thing. No pre-tied obi for these folks!
With five minutes to spare, I did a quick demo of kai no kuchi with a men's obi as well. Next time, this will be a full-on yukata kitsuke workshop, not just a demonstration, so I will teach some cho-cho musubi variations and each participant will learn to dress themselves in a yukata. Stay tuned for a workshop in Tucson and maybe even in Phoenix soon!
PS: All photos were taken by Tracy Baynes, so please ask me for permission if you would like borrow them. Thanks! :)