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« on: April 25, 2019 11:17:45 AM »



I made this doll as a birthday present for my Dad in 2011, after I had returned home from living in Japan for 2 years (I taught English at an eikaiwa/language school). While I lived there, I accumulated quite the collection of vintage and second-hand kimonos and kimono accessories. One of my favorite stores also sold scrap pieces of kimonos that had been too damaged to sell whole. I loved going through those color-coded bins of silks and wools and cottons. This doll's clothing is not only 100% percent accurate for dressing (no cheats were used, like fake obi bows or faux sleeve linings -- she is dressed from the undergarments out in a full replica of a human kimono set...because I am apparently a crazy person...) but also made entirely from remnants of actual worn kimonos and yukatas in various kinds of silks and cottons.



This beautiful little lady (who, yes, has my face profile just like the Hula Portrait Art Doll) took well over 25 hours, and another 1-2 hours just to dress! All her layers are tied on properly for traditional Japanese wafuku standards, and her obi is properly wrapped and hand tied; it  even has a small plastic scrap tucked down the front to keep it from wrinkling in imitation of a real person's.



Her hair is made from hand-sewn/tied embroidery floss and then actually french braided around her head and finally sewn in place. Her flower kanzashi hair ornament was also made from kimono silks, as were her tiny zori slippers. I cheated only on the tabi socks, as they are sewn onto her legs as her feet, but I did rework the original foot pattern to give her a proper split toe so she could actually wear her shoes.

Dad was absolutely floored. *heart* The doll lives happily at my parents' house on the same shelf as her Hula "sister."


(I did also make the origami here and bring back the rabbit bell from Japan, but I did not make the Hawaiian dance implements--those came from a Hawaiian craft fair many years ago)
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2019 05:49:46 PM »

So beautiful!  All of the details are wonderful.  I really love the hair.
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2019 10:45:55 AM »

Thank you, LovelyMiss! I used to hair braiding for Ren Faires and friends an fancy events, so I definitely made it more complicated than it probably had to be.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2019 09:55:23 AM »

Beautiful details and story! I love that all the fabrics are the genuine article.
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2019 12:43:39 PM »

 Shocked Shocked Shocked WOW! Shocked Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2019 01:28:46 PM »

Thank you all so much! She is a beloved member of the "family," and creating her was a wonderful journey.  Cheesy
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