I saw this in a book store a few weeks ago, and when I went back I was drawn to it again and had to purchase it. It is a manga essay type book featuring lots of cords and ideas, and the kimono bancho (boss) does such lovely illustrations it is very accessible. She has connections to Mamechiyo (who positively reviewed this book) so the cords are very modern.
Chapter 1: 12 months co-ordinates
|May Party Cords|
|October Halloween Cords|
Chapter 2: Softening Kimono - How to guide through manga
Chapter 3: Special Occasion Kimono
Chapter 4: Lets make Komono!
|How to make obidome, and corsage|
Chapter 5: How to wear kimono
This book is going to be a staple for sure and I`m definitely a fan of Ms. Matsuda from now. I have already lent it out to a friend who loved the ideas too.
-modern seasonal cord ideas
-lots of stylish illustrations
-easy to read for those with basic Japanese
-focuses on every day wear
-simple craft ideas
-good basics of kimono coordination
-not so much for those interested in formal/traditional styles
-kitsuke and musubi are basic
I listed the cons but to me they`re not really cons per say because I`m more interested in casual funky styles, nor was I expecting much in depth kitsuke (I want tons of musubi I`d buy a musubi book).
I suggest checking out Ms. Matsuda`s home page and blog for her illustrations, if she releases another kimono book in the future I`ll definitely check it out.
Megumi Matsuda`s homepage
Kimono Bancho`s blog
Kimono Bancho`s twitter