Ravenclaw Kitsuke

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Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;

Today, we’ve arrived at Ravenclaw; my house! Every single test I’ve ever taken, including the Pottermore one, puts me squarely into Ravenclaw. What can I say, I’m a proud and noble bookworm, like my parents before me. At least I come by it honestly.

Of course, since it’s my house, I knew I had to do the best job I could. If you’re familiar with Harry Potter, odds are you’ve got an opinion on the bronze vs. silver debate when it comes to Ravenclaw’s house colours. I think both options have merit, and thankfully this obi has all sorts of metallic tones to it, so it feels like a solid acknowledgement of both options. The birds on it are hawks, not eagles, but I still think it suited the “sharp and intelligent bird of prey” feel better than any other option I had available to me.

A kimono with scrolls or books on it would have been completely fantastic here, but I was really trying to stick to a budget and use pieces I already owned, so I went with the most vibrant blue piece in my collection. I wish I could say that the flowers had particularly relevant symbolism, but really I just had to use this blue.

The obidome is a converted pendant that’s always reminded me of the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw, and the fact that it’s a feather makes me think of writing quills, which are also incredibly relevant for the most nerdy of houses. The accessories were chosen primarily for colour and emphasis, not so for motifs, but still this is an outfit I’d be glad to wear to show off my house pride. Also, this kimono actually still fits me, so there’s always a chance I might actually put it on sometime soon.

Only one more to go!

Items used in this coordination

Pretty new hanhaba obi

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I realized recently that I had no hanhaba obi that were not hakata weave. I told myself I should probably remedy that and then promptly got distracted by bigger and shinier things. Such is life. Thankfully, I stumbled across the listing for this little beauty on eBay with less than a few hours to go, tossed out a bid, and won it for a song. The pictures portrayed it as sort of a flat purple with yellow which seemed cute but not particularly exceptional. Imagine my pleased surprise when I opened the mail to discover a rich, shimmering aubergine with bronze accents and a bronzey-gold back side. I am not sure what I’m going to wear it with yet, but it’s beautiful, multi-seasonal, and dressy enough to wear with more slightly formal kimono. I’m so pleased!

Dressy Hanhaba Obi

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