Video of mechanized silk looms in a Japanese obi factory

It’s not the best footage, but this view of a working Japanese textile mill is entertaining if you enjoy seeing how machinery works, which I do. The sound inside this mill is a lot of clacking and thrumming, not very musical and quite monotonous. However, I enjoy watching the various bits of this and that moving about…

Tsuzure Ori

I was warned years ago that if I started studying Japanese and didn’t have many opportunities to speak the language, I’d lose it. This has sadly come to pass. Taking a few steps away from my kimono-focused business over the past few months, the words have been gradually slipping away from me. Conversational Japanese went…

Kimono auctions to benefit Japan earthquake relief

Quick post to spread the word about Immortal Geisha’s eBay auctions to benefit earthquake relief in Japan. Beautiful vintage kimono and accessories are being offered and 100% of the proceeds will go to help those who need it most right now. Please take a look and place a bid on these gorgeous items.

Holiday Sale now in progress

I’ve been sitting here feeling blue for a while, so I figured it was time to join the real world a bit and have a sale for all you lovely people. Here are the details: The sale prices listed in my Etsy shop are valid until January 1, 2009. I’m not going to be exact…

Now I get it.

Remember back in January when I was taking apart an old obi and looking at the lining fabric? Now the tables have turned, and as I sew more obi for Fanime, I find myself considering what I will line some of these new obi with. I have several bolts of fabric for Nagoya obi that…

Busy hands

I pulled myself away from the computer long enough to actually sew the tatewaku and mukaimon obi today. It turned out longer than most of the hanhaba obi I have, so I tied it in an extra fancy bow. If you are familiar with how kimono are worn, you may notice the lack of fold…

Such a geek.

I was busy reading up on shibori yesterday when there was a knock at the door. We get a lot of door-to-door folks out here, mainly church people and vacuum cleaner sales people, neither of whom I really want to talk to, so when I opened the door to find a young man in a…

Anxious

What an appropriate word, “anxious”. With that little twist in it, that X, and the way it falls silent at the end. That’s exactly how I’m feeling right now, counting down the hours before my first show in over a year. I sold at live shows and street fairs for nearly 10 years, but that…

Hello world!

I’m starting the new year with a little mystery. I discovered this piece being used as the stiffener inside an old obi recently. The obi itself was quite old, but the fabric has been repurposed and is likely from the 19th century so far as I can tell. It’s not cotton, rayon, wool, or silk,…