semi formal


Kururi Kimono has this light cream-colored kimono made of “domestically-produced silk” with a motif they call a “Yukiwa” (snow circle). 

The flowers/snowflakes are handmade by the shibori tie-dye method. The kimono itself is incredibly soft and elegant, the lavender and pink are very cute with the light yellow, but the real star here is that semi-formal obi with high contrast.

The little touches of gold and pink in the obi’s motif really bring out the colors in the kimono. The heavy structure of the botan flowers and the black background not only give contrast to the kimono but a focal point. Sometimes a black obi will suck the life out of a kimono and leave it feeling dull. Here there is enough color in the obi that the black and grey bleaches the yellow immediately around it but the kimono’s edges glow brighter yellow and the little pink flowers really pop. 

I think this kimono is actually a houmongi, but certainly one intended for younger women. :)

This one, I’m NEARLY sure, is in fact a dance or stage houmongi! The colors are bold and graphic, intended to be seen from far away, and they are printed simply, without the minuscule detail common to semi-formal kimono–and the obi is metallic and houmongi, displayed here without obiage and obijime.

But even if this piece is not really a high-fashion product, the design is still lovely enough to warrant a long look. I am a big fan of traditional Japanese water, as seen also on tattoos–it’s the same design!

This colorful set is a graduation kimono set, with hakama skirt and half-furisode. I love the bright asa-no-ha (hemp leaf) geometrical design on the kimono and how powerfully it plays with the burgundy hakama and yellow obi. You have a strong complimentary color scheme here devoid of any blues or violets, with just a sprinkle of bright pink on the hakama to carry the saturated green down into the desaturated burgundy–it carries the viewer’s eye all through the piece. This kimono looks classic but really reads modern.