This morning I bought a new kimono - an azurite blue tsukesage (付け下げ、つけさげ) . I fell in love with the color as soon as I saw it. Usually, I don't like this color - possibly because it's normally paired with red or white flowers. In anycase, I fell for the subtle white aurora looking motif. However, I made a promise to Andrew that I would only buy this kimono if it stayed on Kimono Lily (formerly Chuu) until Sunday. Luckily, this beauty stayed until I could buy it. I already have items that I think I'm going to pair with this kimono. I think my silver Saga Nishiki kujaku (孔雀、くじゃく) obi, silver zouri, and a white obijime. Ideally, I'd like to buy a white obiage to go along with it as well. I hopefully will be wearing this beauty at the Asian Occasion event at my college.
I was a bit bored this afternoon, so I decided to take photos of my kimono chest and inventory what's in there.
The chest is something that took me quite a few months to actually find. The problem wasn't so much finding something that I liked. It was more the issue of finding something to accommodate the length of the kimono tatoushi (着物たとう紙、きものたとうし) (32 inches long). Everything I looked at seemed to stop at 30 inches wide. So I was looking on Target.com - and came across this tv armoire. It happened to be just the right width. So my parents bought it for me, knowing I needed something large to put my kimono in.
This is the inside of my kimono chest. I try to keep it fairly neat, but that's a bit hard (especially with no shelves on top). The whole top is filled with kimono(着物、きもの), yukata(浴衣、ゆかた), and haori(羽織、はおり) - mine and Andrew's. Under that shelf, all my obi(帯、おび) are stored. Behind the lower doors, are all my accessories... fans, underwear, bags, kitsuke accessories, kanzashi, etc. As I said, I attempt keeping everything neat, but that becomes especially hard with my kimono and my obi.