one of these things is not like the other
more of the madoka maiko figure that makes me weep with desire
ok, so here’s the cool thing; theyre dressed as geisha. well, mami and madoka are dressed as maiko, apprentice geisha, and homura is in mature adult geisha kimono.
one of the ways you can tell that they’re supposed to be geisha is the tall wooden zori sandals and the wide obi belts. also, i’d like to draw your attention to the red and white patterned under-kimono on mami and madoka, while homura’s collar is white where it peeks out from her very modern scarf. when a maiko first debut’s, her collar is solid red. as she advances in senority within the geisha (or geiko for the historical sticklers out there) she wears collars patterned with more and more white until she debuts as a full geisha, at which time she ‘turns the collar’ and wears it solid white all the time. another big change between maiko and geisha is that maiko wear much more colorful and lavish outfits, including those GINORMOUS swinging obi, while an adult geisha wears more sophisticated subtle styles. it used to be that ‘turning the collar’ also marked which geisha were no longer virgins…which makes me wonder about homura here….
another way you can tell that theyre supposed to be geisha and not just wearing cute kimono is that geisha wear their collars lower in the back than your average modest housewife. this is because the back of the neck is seen as an erotic zone in japan. it’s like a very stylish french woman wearing a mini skirt that shows off a lot of leg. sensual, stylish and feminine. you can’t see it in these photos but in other shots i’ve seen of the madoka one you can definitely tell
it is kind of interesting how much more modern homura’s accessories are; the shawl, the gloves, and especially that polka-dot obiage (belt scarf peeking out the top of the obi)…actually im not half as sure homura is a geisha, if it werent for the shoes. the figure doesnt show the neck so it’s kind of hard to tell…
ahhh i really want one of the two in maiko kimono though!
Launched last month, Wafrica — Africa plus wa for Japan — has unveiled a range of kimono handcrafted in an array of African cotton fabrics that would seem to be a million miles from the subtle silks more commonly associated with traditional Japanese dress. Yet despite the orange comets and flashes of lightning tearing across a moss-green background, and the tribal swirls in colors that recall the sun-drenched African soil, the prints blend seamlessly into the kimono form before they surprise Japanese shoppers with their foreign origin.
The cultural cocktail is the brainchild of Serge Mouangue, a Tokyo-based concept- car designer for Nissan, who joined forces with Kururi, a Tokyo-based kimono- maker, to produce the traditional Japanese attire in 18 African prints sourced in markets from Nigeria to Senegal.
Serge Mouange introduces the WAfrica concept and kimono (Fashion show)
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