Starting a new tradition can be something special. Passing down a cherished item to the next generation gives a new meaning and connection to the past for both the giver and recipient.
When I was three years old and living in Japan, my Obasan, (grandmother), bought me this silk floral Chirimen kimono. It was so much fun to get dressed up, and I loved wearing it with my floral geta shoes that had a bell inside. The picture above shows my brother, Mom, and me in my kimono. Apparently, I was not up for posing or smiling at the time.
I was able to wear this until I was about 6 years old. Then it was passed on to various cousins in the USA that had a chance to dress up and feel beautiful in it as well. My Aunts returned it to me when I was in my 30’s. I had it cleaned and was impressed how it stood up to so much wear over the years. The colors were all still vibrant, and the gold leaf painted on the outlines of the flowers were all solid and had not cracked. There were no holes or tears in the cloth. The workmanship that went into this fabric was evident in its quality that withstood the test of time.
I passed this to my niece, Rachel, when she was 5 years old. You can see that it still fits her even though she was older than my picture above. The front was folded up and the flap was stitched to accommodate a growing child. Below you can see the flap has been let out. You can tell the sleeves were shorter on her as she was older.
Here she is looking darling as ever and readily posing for the camera. (Kids today have a lot more practice at this than we did).
My Mom bought her new red getas, parasol, and a kanzashi hair ornament. The gold obi she is wearing was something I owned as a child and passed to her.
Now Rachel can pass this to her little girl, and carry on the tradition of wearing this special piece of clothing that has been in the family for two generations.
In all the pieces we make at Over & Over Style we feel the fabric craftsmanship and quality is so special that it can be worn and cherished for generations to come. We would love to be a part of starting your new tradition. Come discover something special now.