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Maroon Sari Kimono - Back by HasturCTS Maroon Sari Kimono - Back by HasturCTS
A friend had a Sari that she had received quite some time ago. She had no idea what she wanted to do with it until she saw my personal approach to the Chinese/Japanese/Indian Fusion Kimono (and I really need to figure out a name for the things) . She apparently loved it, as she asked me to make a kimono robe for her out of the sari.

I have never had such a hard time making something. It kept trying to run away from the machine. I would have to grab it, club it into submission, sew about two inches at a time, nearly bleeding on the fabric because it was trying to run away and having to chase it under the needle. I was playing music and it was trying to dance.

Seriously, I can usually make a kimono from cutting to finish in about 3 hours. This however, was not even remotely like anything I have worked with before, and was worth every minute of aggravation.

I'm quite proud of it, at this time.

I'll be posting a front and a back view. Other views can be seen in my scraps: [link]


Six yards of silk - One sari
Enough thread to kill something

Time: About 10 hours


Full pleats on the back and front so the garment is very, very roomy
One size fits most
Palav length for sleeves
Rolled hems on every hem - have I mentioned how much I hate messy lines?
Slits in sides for ease of movement
24" train
Traditional Japanese Sleeves - Connected at shoulder but with vents under the arms
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Aurora-aura Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007
Actually, in a novel I'm writing (rather, have written, scrapped, and rewritten again at least four times and have been intricately planning for three or four years), there's a race called the Yaman who live under the desert and have a culture like Indian, Japanese (and Mayan, actually) mixed together (except, the women are dominant and the men are treated like housewives, and are the object of beauty). I've always debated with myself about what the clothing should look like... I think you nailed it. : D ~!
You did a beautiful, flawless job of creating a tangeble incarnation of my visions, although I'm quite sure that wasn't your intention. XD
HasturCTS Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007
Wow! I'm glad that I was able to nail it, even though I really wasn't reading your mind and stuff. :P

And Mayan... Hrmmm.... now you are giving me an idea perhaps.....
Aurora-aura Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
*flambouyant bow*
*sprints away, cackling*
shadowduchess Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2006
I think the combination of using a sari as a kimono another style of traditional wrap is a brilliant way of melding cultures.
Gorgeous material and a breathtaking job!
HasturCTS Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006
That theory is what is getting me going on a MAJOR amount of kimonos for the up coming A-Kon ( I have an annoying tendency to not be able to make up my mind about what I want to do, so the melding of as much as seems logical is a perfect way to do what I want in the way I want.

Thank you so much, for the fave, as well as the compliments.
shadowduchess Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006
I KNOW that feeling, there's nothing worse than being half way into something and deciding you want to take it a different way.
I was in the midst of making a very cool corset jacket made with an asian brocade and I added an Elizabethan flair to it as well as feathers but it won't be done for a while due to REAL projects. :D

You're more than welcome, it's nice to see other artists in the design area and be able to enjoy their work! You very much deserve the compliments.
PhotoByDesign Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
I love it! Simply gorgeous!
kirajones Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006   Artisan Crafter
The kimono shape seems to suit the colours and patterns of a sari so well. I never would have thought of using a sari for that but it looks beautiful.
HasturCTS Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006
Thank you. I've always loved both and the fusion seemed natural. After all, there was trade between the Middle and the Far East. It just seems to make sense.
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