I really don't like most synthetic fabrics. They're hot and don't breathe, or stiff, or itchy, or rough, and they're really environmentally bad to manufacture. It's much better at all stages to manufacture natural fabrics! While the plants grow, they filter our air. When we take what we need from the plants and leave the rest, it recycles back into the earth, enriching the soil and preparing for a new crop. There is no chemical waste due to making the synthetic materials before weaving, although there may be some from synthetic dyes; if you can avoid those too, you may find a rainbow of gorgeous, colour-safe hues that are just as beautiful. Plus, natural fabrics will eventually break down. Synthetics take forever.
|Silk komon kimono from Ichiroya|
I think recreating the subtlety and maturity of this doll's outfit lies in picking a patterned kimono which is a muted colour from far away and up-close. Small amounts of deep burgundy, grey, purple, or other dark colours would work, but not bright blotches of colour.
|Closeup of the komon pattern|
I think this particular kimono might go either way. True neutrals do exist! If a kimono in natural light looks great with both warm and cool colours, you have probably found a true neutral. These are the easiest shades to deal with for that reason. If you only have enough money for one kimono, attempt to get something as versatile as possible.
|Asa obi from Ichiroya|
I adore hemp because it's like soft denim. It breathes, it's durable, it isn't uncomfortable on the skin... hemp is pretty much the perfect fabric, similar to thickly-woven cotton when it's processed the right way. The soft, 'fluttering' motif of dragonflies evokes an image of a cool breeze near water, and the tranquil blue colour can make a hot day feel nice again. This ability to transcend the world around you with only these images is the essence of kimono, isn't it?