Wednesday, May 27, 2009

obi adventures

The Japanese aesthetic. Imagine being in a store that houses hundreds of kimonos, including an exact duplicate set of those worn by the Japanese emperor and empress (and presented to this country and carried to the U.S. by General MacArthur), and a wedding kimono that rented years ago for $10,000 a wedding.

Imagine then being sought out by the store owner and given multiple impromptu tours of the store's inventory ("You girls want to see something Donna Reed/Vincent Price/movie star X used to admire?"), including costumes worn in movies dating back to the 1940s (and as recent as "Memoirs of a Geisha"), for which the store owner has received numerous awards from the captains of Hollywoodland.

Then imagine being able to paw through hundreds of obis and kimonos on sale! The two obis pictured above are among the treasures I acquired at McMullen's Japanese Antiques located where, you ask??? Oxnard, of course, having moved from Los Angeles some years ago.

Tune in tomorrow to find out what plans I have for these wondrous textiles...

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