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Flea Market finds

Posted on 04 May 2011

I love markets!! Some of my very first vintage obi and kimonos were found at so called temple markets, which commonly take place in the grounds of shrines all over Japanese cities. One very famous one in Kyoto takes place at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.  Every 25th of the month, the surrounding grounds fill up with hundreds of stalls selling everything from antique ceramics, prints, kimono and obi. Not to mention delicious piping hot local treats like Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki while roaming around endless stalls of curios.
This stall had beautifully folded kimonos and obi. You'll be seeing some of them in the next collection.
I really liked this beaded bag. What was unusual was that it's quite a common Western style bag, but they used traditional Japanese motifs in the pattern; the geometric hexagon design which my Travel Series is based on, the wave pattern commonly seen in origami paper and the Japanese saya or key pattern.

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