I sold a few haori himo in the past two weeks! Very exciting since the festival was fun, but 0 profit... and well, it ended up costing money to prepare and go. But even so, it was very fun! I even re-found the tea canister maker! <3 His products are way superior to the cans sold at places like Teavana, and for the same price range. I can't wait to have some spending money to get a few.
But back to the haori himo. I made a pile of them because... well, I could make bracelets, but I like haori. >D Maybe I should try to make dual-purpose items? They're both 7-9" long... something to think about.
Faux coral haori himo with plastic, glass, and metal gold-toned spacers. This was made from a vintage Japanese-made necklace that was just beyond repair. I wanted to re-use as many of the beads as possible to keep with the spirit of the original.
The benefit of plastic over almost any other material is that it's lightweight enough to use on older or more fragile fabrics without the weight breaking threads or pulling/tearing fabric. And because of the more traditional look, it's prime for any Taisho or war-era piece! Even though no one wore beaded himo then, it's a way to keep simplicity and style in line with the fashion of the times. I'm sure if there were such things as these during the 1920s, Japanese women would have taken to them as they did obijime and other accessories.
Anyways, I'm excited that these have gone. I expected to be a little sad, but I'm not. I'm really happy that they will (presumably) be worn and cared for. There are lots more up for sale if you want your own! And of course, I can do custom commission if you're trying to match a particular outfit.
Come see the others on BebeTaian.etsy.com
From Asahi Shinbun, 25-03-2014
Keeping Tradition Alive: Geisha to Get Subsidies for Clothing
KYOTO--Young geisha starting out can easily splurge
as much as 10 million yen (nearly $100,000) on exquisite kimono and
accessories in their first year as a free agent.
Not surprisingly, the ranks of geisha, called "geiko," are thinning.
Alarmed at the dwindling number of professional geiko plying
their art in Kyoto's Gion and other districts of the ancient capital,
the Foundation Ookini, a Kyoto organization for promotion of traditional
performing arts, decided to subsidize kimono expenses for young
independent geiko from April.
Officials said their aim was to ease the women's financial burden so that the venerable geisha tradition will continue.
According to the foundation, eligible geiko are "jimae-san"--independent free agents, so to speak--who are in their early 20s.
The subsidy will cover 50 percent of clothing expenses, or up
to 500,000 yen, between the three months prior to the time leaving her
geisha house and the five years after becoming independent. The
foundation set a limit of one purchase per year and three purchases over
a five-year period.
A geisha house will take care of clothing, food and housing
for a girl from the time she joins the establishment upon graduating
from junior high school until she transitions from "maiko"
apprentice-level position to geiko and independence.
After reaching jimae-san status, a geiko must procure her own
garments and other items. An inexpensive kimono will run between
700,000 yen and 800,000 yen while the "obi," or sash, ranges from
300,000 yen to 400,000 yen. If an independent geiko buys a new outfit
for each season, her expenses can easily nudge the 10 million yen mark
in her first year.
As of the end of January there were 181 geiko in Kyoto's five geisha quarters, a drop of 21 women from 2006.
Over the five years, 59 women apparently retired upon becoming geiko or jimae-san.
The foundation was established by the Kyoto City Tourism
Association and the city's geisha quarters. Until now, it has provided
financial incentives for veteran geiko who are well-versed in the
An official of the foundation noted that the geisha tradition
will fade without an influx of young people. The subsidy is intended
"to provide some encouragement to young women who are hesitant about
Fumisono, 26, a geiko who has gone independent, says, "There
are many cases of women quitting because they're worried about whether
they can make it financially. The subsidy will help."