Scarves of Vintage Japanese Kimono Silk

Here are some examples of scarves I make from vintage kimono silk I source from Japan.  Much of the fun is the hunt for special fabrics.  The rest of the fun is putting the fabrics together to bring out their special qualities and textures.  The scarves are different on each side and can be arranged to express your mood of the day.

This one, “Madame Butterfly,” features beautiful embroidery.



This next one I contributed to the To Celebrate Life cancer fundraising gala, Stepping Out, in Marin County, California.  This organization raises money to provide services such as meals and transportation to people who don’t have the resources they need while going through cancer treatment. The gala features a fashion show where all of the models are cancer survivors.  This scarf is called, naturally, “Celebration.”  There is gold cord stitched around the leaves in the river scene.   This is probably from a kurotomesode, the most formal kimono worn by a married woman.



IMG_2010This one is a little quieter, called “Fall to Winter.”  The IMG_2009mostly  black and white section with the small boxes and four flowers is a Japanese tie-dye technique called shibori.


On this one, I appliqued the orange and green silk flower across the other two silks.  It’s called “Origami.”


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