Since my trip to Portland last spring, I’ve been purchasing bolts of old silk kimono fabric from Ichiroya Kimono Flea Market in Japan. I learned about the silks from Ann Williamson, the wonderful clothing designer in Portland who pieces amazing jackets and other pieces of clothing with these silks. I now own 8 bolts – they’re sitting in my stash waiting for time and inspiration to work with them. Having discovered Ichiroya I signed up for their newsletter which comes weekly.

This week’s newsletter is about a kimono and obi fashion show in Paris held by Hinaya – an obi company in Kyoto. There are photos of kimono and obi combinations. I’ve copied two to showcase here – I just love the colours and patterns in these two sets of garments. I can imagine how wonderful it would feel to be wearing these outfits. kimono 2 kimono 1