K (_ladyatropos_) wrote in beauty_review,

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Reusing Vintage Kimono in Fashion

It is not uncommon to see vintage kimono reused in crafts. Obi, kimono, and bolts are used in a wide variety of crafts that yield some amazing products. I was looking around online today, and was inspired to dig through my collection of photos I have saved for more examples of these crafts. In particular, I saw a vest made from a tomesode, and thought it was really pretty.

For those who are not aware of what a tomesode is, it is a formal kimono for a married woman. It has a sweeping pattern around the bottom, and 3 to 5 mons at the shoulder area. They come in solid black, or another solid color.

Below, is a small selection of crafts, and goods made from these kimono. In particular, I really liked the dresses. I have seen purses, hats, shirts, skirts, and pants made from these kimono.

Tomesode Kimono Dresses

Here is an example of a shirt and a vest made from a tomesode kimono. In particular, I like that the original mons are included in the designs.

Tomesode Shirts

I really liked the dresses. I'm seriously pondering ways of to include something like the above into costuming.

For those who dig this sort of thing, I just started a blog at http://ohiokimono.wordpress.com/ - I'd love to trade links with you :)
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