Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram

It's amazing what you find out when you actually talk to people

Today, due to the peculiar schedule, I wound up having an hour alone with the sewing teacher in the faculty room. She showed me pictures of past exchange students and exchange teachers in the yukata they made. When I asked where to get the fabric, she explained that you have to go to a shop that specializes in kimono and yukata. The one she uses is really close, across the street from my 24-hour grocery store.

She also estimated that the fabric would cost between $100-200, depending on what I chose. (Boy, it really makes me appreciate buying things used. New kimono, by the way, have price tags in the thousands of dollars.) She said she would go with me to buy the fabric, which is probably a good thing, since there may be some subtle style taboos that I know nothing about. (For example, when I was in Niigata, I went to buy a belt for a yukata, and the shopkeeper had to warn me against buying a color that matched, because the belt is supposed to contrast.)
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