Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A dusting of white
Here's where a bit of texture comes into play! I chose to do the white areas in Kreinik braid--#032--for a little bit of bling. In the right section of tan are Smyrna crosses in #8 fine braid. These Smyrna crosses are echoed in the kimono of the geisha to the left. And for the obi knot of the central geisha, I used #12 tapestry braid in the same color.
A little much? I think not. My research showed that geishas could be identified by the colors they wore. The brighter the kimono, the younger was the geisha. And "maiko" geisha, or those in their apprenticeship, had the brightest kimonos, with obi knots that were even more flamboyant in their coloration. So why not celebrate youth?
More work on the kimonos in the next post!