It’s 32 degrees out (90 F). So what do I do, as soon as I come home and find my brand new lined synthetic kofurisode in the mail? Lovingly admire it and fold it away for cooler weather, like a sane person would? Of course not! I decided to coordinate an outfit and put it on ASAP.
I decided to pair it up with my pink and white hakata obi. This thing is like cardboard! It was a huge pain in the posterior to tie, but once I got it, it totally stayed put, which was awesome. I used my hellow shibori obiage and hakata obijime, to go with the yellow kasane-eri that was already built into the kimono. Some purple tabi tied in well with the flowers. My Aikoku Fujinkai obidome was the perfect finishing touch, it almost looks like it was made for the kimono.
And of course, my big orange lug insisted on making an appearance.
I really love how the whole outfit turned out, and I will definitely wear it out, possibly on my birthday in November when the lining and the motifs all make more sense with the weather!
i just got a ko-furisode too, for my birthday. but i dont have juban, or obi or anything besides tabi. lol, what kind of obi should i get? i want to get a simple casual one that can go with it. my ko-furisode is red with a black date-eri. i wish i could get help from my former mother in law, but shes in japan T-T…..do you know of any sites that sell a casual obi that can go with my kimono?
Juban for ko-furisode can be very difficult to find. It will probably be easier to find a normal furisode juban and shorten the sleeves a bit, rather than use a vintage one like I did.
As for an obi, I’d check out eBay. I’ve written a post about the way I like to shop there, maybe it will help you?
Black and red sounds very pretty! It would look really nice with a black obi with gold, I think. Ko-furisode are still relatively formal, so you don’t want something too casual. Maybe one of those black fukuro with red and gold embroidery that were really popular in late Showa? Like this one, which you can buy right now for only $20:
hi, thanks for the advice. that seller has a lot of good obi for great prices. i think im going to get one. if i tie my obi in the same way you did, do i need to get obi makura? do you know of any good sites that show how to put on kimono with different obi styles?
For that style of bunko you don’t *need* an obi-makura but it does help to give the bow lift and volume. If you don’t have one, for the time being you can definitely use a sponge or a pair of socks.
The Obi Musubi resource thread on IG has a great number of links to all sorts of styles of musubi.
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Very pretty! I bought one too but I haven’t worn it yet due to the fact that I need a juban. I love your cat so cute.
I used a taisho-era juban I had already. The sleeves were a little too short, but nothing terrible. I think I’ll probably make custom sleeves to fit it later.
It looks great on you, what a lovely kimono. I think so too, it looks vintage on you, not furisode like, wonderful! And your cat is adorable!
Thank you so much 🙂
He is cute, but a pain in the rear!
I love the fall colors. I think it would make a great November ensemble!
Very beautiful! I love the curve in the sleeves of modern kofurisode.
Thanks! I’m not used to the curve, honestly, because I’m used to sleeves that length being on vintage things, but it does look pretty!