Jun 24, 2013

How I saved a kimono with water stains

Welcome in!

First off, some backstory: On 14-16 June I had been at Desucon, an anime convention in Finland. I wore kimono there and so a good majority of all the things I had in my suitcase were kimono stuff. Now the problem is that Desucon is known for always happening to be on a rainy weekend and so on the last convention day, Sunday, just when the convention ended it started raining a shitlot.
I had a carpool with some people from Lahti to Oulu (about 500 km) and then I stayed overnight at Oulu and took the morning train home. Now during the overnight stay in Oulu I noticed that somehow my suitcase had managed to leak or something you know, let in the rain water. Fuck. I arrived past midnight in Oulu so I was too tired to do a proper check but my pyjama t-shirt was wet for sure.
When I got home I took out my stuff and noticed to my horror that my off-white tsumugi silk kimono had these rather large water stains running on top of both shoulders, front and back. You know, when you can see the "wave/line" where the water was. It's a bit more obvious on one side than on the other. I tried taking some photos but it doesn't show up well, it was a lot more noticeable in real life.

It doesn't look that bad on photos (the pictures dull/blend the line into the fabric's color) but it was bad enough in person that the kimono would have been pretty much unwearable. I wanted to try saving it because I had barely gotten to use it before this accident and light colored men's kimono are hard to come by anyway. I did get it cheap and it already had stains on the lining prior to me owning it so I was also ready to count it as a loss, in case I couldn't do anything to fix it. But of course I was still horribly afraid of ruining it even further; but without that much to lose I decided to try and do something.
I checked around online for any kimono care stuff but didn't find much, at least not in English. I asked at Immortal Geisha and got some cool advice there but I decided to try something with the stuff I already had at home first and well, that wasn't much.
I happened to have bought a gardening spray bottle with adjustable spraying options earlier for cosplay purposes but figured it might be useful for kimono rescuing. So I filled it with cold water and screwed the spray option on the "smallest" setting, which means it just does this spray mist thing. With that I took the kimono, hung it up in the bathroom and sprayed around the stains, making sure to just wet it a little and not soak. A few puffs here and there and then I waited and let the water do its work. The water did "move" the stain so it looked like it had become a lot paler but the good thing was that it didn't leave a second water stain/line, or well, maybe it did but in that case it was so faded I couldn't even see it, even if I stared at the garment.
I let the kimono dry with the help of an air conditioner (cold air) for many hours and then folded it away when it was completely dry. A week or so later I took it out and gave it another shot of the mist treatment to see if I could get the water stain even fainter. Hell yeah I could!

Again, photos don't do justice but I swear the stains are a lot fainter than before and I can barely see the water lines unless I look for them in person. Before the saving mission they jumped at my eyes no matter where I looked.

 Saved kimono w00p w00p! <3

Not so much more to say, super easy method worth a try if you get some water stains on a kimono. I have no idea how well this would work on a kimono of other fabrics, with designs on it or dyes or anything but on my solid color men's kimono there were no problems whatsoever, it worked like a charm! Oh, and if anyone wonders the lining is the same color as the kimono itself (upper lining cotton and lower silk or something synthetic, I don't know) so I didn't have to worry about the lining bleeding over or anything.

I hope this was helpful! Bye!

Jun 20, 2013

I loaded up on some hakama!

 Hello there!

I ordered two hakama quite some time ago and well, I received them not so long ago. I finally have striped hakama and a blue one! They are so going to see some cosplay use as well as ordinary kimono kitsuke!

Both are synthetic and umanori type. I'm very excited to get to wear these soon; at least the blue one will be used at two anime cons next month, photos will turn up at my cosplay blog later.

Not so much more to say, see ya!

Jun 1, 2013

Samurai time!

 Oh hi!

I've been dying from heat the last week or so but that didn't stop me from dressing samurai style and having a photoshoot outside my current apartment. I borrowed a SLR camera from school over the weekend (I so want to buy one myself!) and managed to get my brother to be the photographer. I dressed pretty quickly because I swear it's like sauna inside the apartment even though the window is open more or less the whole day, ugh. Oh well, luckily outside it was breezier.

All kitsuke items are mine, except the haori and the swords which are borrowed from bro. Oh, and that's a wig.. my hair looked like crap.

Model: Valkoinen Samurai
Photographer: Jäätynyt Enkeli

Not so much more to say, it was fun. Plan to do this again someday ~