Saturday, 16 February 2008

White kimono

In my ever growing kimono collection are three white kakeshita. Actually, one champagne, one crème and one white.
This is the pure white one, it's also synthetic, so I never worry about this one and I feel free to play around in it.

About two years ago I made a series of photo’s I called Yuki wanting to do a princes, bride... but then with the sad story of Yuki, the snow bride in Japanese folk tales.
Not completely finished with the subject I tried some new "sketches"

The obi isn't really white, which I think is a bit of a shame, but well, it's ok I guess until I find a white-white obi... The obi jime is one of those thick brides’ types; it's really fun with cranes embroidered on it. The obi bow is a variation of the yukata butterfly, it's just nearly impossible to do a descent furisode bow on your-self.

I found my fun white page style wig and used a quick oshiroi nr. 2 which isn't super white, but does make you look extremely pale. For the first time I did my hands too, as do kabuki actors and brides, it does make a great difference! I was always annoyed with my pink almost tanned hands ^_^


Kyuukaryuko said...

Wow, the pictures are so serene, beautiful! And the fact that the obi isn't in the same white as the kakeshita doesn't really bother me, although a pure white obi would be perfect for it.
The yuki-pictures on your flickr-account are also very serene and beautiful.

Misuchi said...

Well, thank you!
That's what I was aiming for.
I do need to practice white the lights though, I like it, but it is a pain and the lights can be better.

Fuyou-hime said...

How can you tell the difference between a white kakeshita and a shiromuku? I was just wondering...

Misuchi said...

Mmm well, a kakeshita (kakeshita means something like, to be worn under) is the long kimono brides wear with an obi, these can be white ore brightly coloured. Though mostly white, they have two layers and are worn trailing.
Shiromuku reverse to the colour, shirumuku means pure white. This means the complete set, nagajuban, tabi, zori, kimono (kakeshita) obi, accessories and uchikake are white. What does happen is that only the uchikake is called shiromuku, which correct too when it's completely white.
I hope this helps a bit ^_^