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Hajimmemashite. My name is Maggie. Welcome to Ikimono.

Family in Japan sent me my first kimono 15 years ago, and I’ve been adding to my collection ever since. I became interested in wearing kimono, so took kitsuke lessons in Japan. As a way of practicing, I now dress other women, too. Practice is an ongoing discipline, as kisuke takes a long time to master.

Unsurprisingly, few modern Japanese women able dress themselves in traditional kimono, which are not always seen to fit in with a busy home or professional life. Yet trendsetters are adapting kimono wearing to fit their daily lives, and others outside Japan are keen to play their part in keeping kimono alive. While purists still choose to respect kitsuke rules, more and more women are finding ways to make dressing quicker and simpler.

Wearing edge-to-edge…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 17
  • Joined April 28, 2009

Favorite materials

Vintage kimono and obi silks, Japanese wool, silk and wool blends, jinken a popular Japanese rayon type art silk, modern Western cotton prints, all antique Japanese textile yarns such as hemp and banana fibre

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About

Hajimmemashite. My name is Maggie. Welcome to Ikimono.

Family in Japan sent me my first kimono 15 years ago, and I’ve been adding to my collection ever since. I became interested in wearing kimono, so took kitsuke lessons in Japan. As a way of practicing, I now dress other women, too. Practice is an ongoing discipline, as kisuke takes a long time to master.

Unsurprisingly, few modern Japanese women able dress themselves in traditional kimono, which are not always seen to fit in with a busy home or professional life. Yet trendsetters are adapting kimono wearing to fit their daily lives, and others outside Japan are keen to play their part in keeping kimono alive. While purists still choose to respect kitsuke rules, more and more women are finding ways to make dressing quicker and simpler.

Wearing edge-to-edge haori jackets over western clothes is a simple way to add a kimono look to a western outfit. But relatively few women take the extra step and wear a full kimono ensemble. Obi can be a challenge. Even once you can tie it correctly, care must be taken not to crush the bow when leaning against a chair or sitting in a car. I still struggle at the obi-tying stage, so this got me thinking…..

The kimono magazine, Nanao, featured a scarf-like casual heko obi, which is always tied in the front. Inspired by a cute date-jime undersash I found in a Tokyo flea market, I worked on an innovative version in modern cotton print designs. The result is the Go-Obi, which teams perfectly with vintage silk/wool kimono sets for a fresh new fusion look.

Ikimono re-launched in Spring 2014 - my personal response to the eclectic kimono revival. The Mokona-inspired sets are fairly “true” to what would be worn together in Japan, but as the majority of my clients are rest-of-world, there is plenty of choice for free spirits. By focusing on specially co-ordinated sets and easy-tie obis, Ikimono is a great starting place for kimono wearing dreamers who need an uncomplicated introduction to make it happen.

Ikimono will be delighted to help you discover your own style story in vintage kimono, or offer support and suggestions for kitsuke dressing.

Thank you for your interest, and happy kimono wearing!

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