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10:16 pm: I tried to be lazy
I really did try to sit around and do nothing as much as possible this weekend. Despite my best efforts, however, I managed to accomplish a few things, like laundry and vacuuming. (How did that happen? I'm still not quite certain.)

I also went out shopping, and inevitably spent some time wandering the craft store again. I bought a book about how to reuse the fabric from kimono to make Western-style clothing. (It's tricky because the panels are all long and narrow.) I have a gorgeous haori that I bought cheap ($8) at the flea market in Kyoto last month that I know I'm never going to wear as-is, so I was thinking about reusing the fabric for something that I will wear.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 17th, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)

Beautiful!

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How cool! I didn't know that there *were* flea markets in Kyoto. How did we ever miss that in 2000? I did notice once while surfing the web for "kimono" that used kimonos are sometimes sold in bales. I think it is for people to reuse the fabric. Sometimes, though, people who have bought them by the bale offer them for sale by the piece over the internet for very reasonable prices.

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Mom
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 17th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Beautiful!

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I didn't know that there *were* flea markets in Kyoto.

There's one on the 21st and another one on the 25th of every month. I just found out about them in September when I was researching things to do.

I did notice once while surfing the web for "kimono" that used kimonos are sometimes sold in bales.

I spent a while surfing used kimono sites (Japanese ones) last night. Most of them still cost anywhere between $200-$600, but the ones that have holes in them or stains on them are sold much cheaper, for $5-$50.

If you think about it, though...you can make an entire three-piece suit or an evening gown from one kimono. Even if you spent $200-$300 for the kimono, that's how much you'd probably have to spend to buy the suit or whatever anyway if you got it at a store. And they just don't sell those kinds of designs in department stores very often.
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