Blue Paisley Kimono, Much Loved

Here's another kimono from Unicorn, decorated with paisley. It's slightly heavier than the two shown so far, enough to be used as a very light coat. The material is silk, and it was probably made in the 1930s.

Blue paisley kimono

Blue paisley kimono

Blue paisley kimono, showing pattern

Blue paisley kimono, showing pattern

This kimono must have been much loved. The photo below shows where one of the paisley motifs, which seems to got completely ripped off, has been carefully stitched back. Blue paisley kimono, showing repaired region

天宝工 TianBaoGong Peacock Kimono

Before diverting into style transfer, I posted some pictures of this flower-decorated kimono top. Here's another with a rather different design. Like the first, I bought it from Unicorn. It was longer, but to my non-Chinese eyes, that made it look like a dressing gown. So Unicorn shortened it for me by folding up the excess material into a hem, and sewed on a popper to close it at the waist. The result is a decorative summer top, with colouring nicely matching the Linaria growing on the wall.

TianBaoGong peacock kimono

TianBaoGong peacock kimono, showing label

TianBaoGong

TianBaoGong peacock kimono, showing pattern

TianBaoGong peacock kimono, showing pattern

Unlike with some of the clothes I've shown, I'm pretty sure that the manufacturers of this one are still going. Searching for the Chinese characters in the name, aided by Purple Culture's mouse-written Chinese input program, I found this site: https://tbg1688.1688.com/. The page mentions the Linhai Yujie Garment Embroidery Factory, and that 天宝工 or TianBaoGong is its brand. Judging by the photographs, Linhai Yujie Garment Embroidery make a lot of designs. This is one, and shows a kimono very similar to mine as it was before being shortened. Part of Tian Bao Gong web page, showing a similar kimono

Flowered Earth-Toned Kimono Top

The heatwave — our own little slice of meteorological Paradise, weather more often imagined than granted — has ended, and temperatures have dropped by ten degrees. So to ward off any slight chill, I'm wearing a light kimono top, bought from Unicorn, over my short-sleeved shirt. It's this:

Flower-printed kimono top

Flower-printed kimono top

Flower-printed kimono top

Flower-printed kimono top

The pattern on the kimono isn't so different in colour distribution from the Liberty print shown in my last post. The motifs — the flowers — are much bigger, however, and I find something peculiarly satisfying about them when displayed on screen. Particularly, here, in the final two photos.

But at the same time, the sky is now 100% cloud, and I'm yearning to wear something more intense. And I can't think of anything more intense than Yves Saint-Laurent's "Homage to Pablo Picasso" dress shown halfway down this page? Does anyone feel like making me a top of the same shape, but in those colours?

“Should Fashion Legacies Be Controlled?”, Vogue Turkey, Suzy Menkes, 12 June 2017.