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Salon Series 2020/21: Kimono Hacks!

Are you having a hard time shopping from Japan with mail being affected by the Pandemic?
Do you own a Kimono or Yukata but are missing some key dressing tools?
Do you have Kimono dressing tools but have no idea how to use them?

Join kimono dresser Evelyn Leung to learn about using (and improvising!) some important kimono accessories. These sessions are for anyone who wants to achieve clean yukata and kimono lines for great photos, and feature a live crafting demonstration where we show you how to easily make accessories using readily available materials.

These demonstrations will address the types of materials to use, but if you would like to follow along with the crafting, please register early and a list of required materials will be sent out to you one week before the online event!

All salons will be held online via Zoom. They will be on the last Sundays of March, April and May 2021 starting at 3pm and run approximately 1.5 hours each. Everyone attending the sessions will have access to the videos until the end of July to give you time to DIY at home.

Please PRE-REGISTER for each session at the specific links below.

Entrance is by donation.

March Hack - Obi-Ita (the obi stiffener)
March 28 @ 3pm on ZOOM

Learn about the Obi-Ita (the obi stiffener) and why it is important, and what to look for when making your own.

April Hack - Obi-Makura (the obi pillow)
April 26 @ 3pm on ZOOM

Learn about the Obi-Makura (the obi pillow) and why it is essential, and what to keep in mind when making your own.

May Hack - Kanzashi (the hair ornament)
May 30 @ 3pm on ZOOM

Watch Vancouver jewellery artist Ingrid Valou in her studio as she demonstrates some of the most ancient and beloved techniques in metalsmithing (with some help from modern technology!) to forge a kanzashi using locally reclaimed metals. And learn some tips and tricks on how to use the kanzashi to complete your kimono look.

About Evelyn Leung

Evelyn Leung is a member of IATSE 891 and currently working as a Film Costumer in the Greater Vancouver TV and Film Industry. She studied Kimono Dressing in Kyoto, Japan and received her Kimono Dressing Certification from the Kyoto Nishijin Textile Institute. She has also studied traditional Japanese dance and theatre forms and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Asian Theatre from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During the pandemic, she has started drinking a bowl of matcha in the evening to calm her nerves and has been pleasantly surprised that the caffeine no longer keeps her up all night.

Kimono collection courtesy of Sunday's Best Costume House

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Province of British Columbia