So I've posted this on tousando, but I know there are some folks who
aren't there too, and this was just too good to share.
There's this web forum, "Immortal Geisha" <http://www.immortalgeisha.com/
> It's, not surprisingly, focused on Geisha. It's mostly post-SCA
period, and mostly womenswear. Since I have opportunities to wear post-
SCA period Japanese, and since they do have tiny bits on menswear if
you're willing to dig, I check it out once in a while. Someone
mentioned it on tousando the other day, so I took that as my noodge to
take a look again.
They recently (well, in the last few months) added a "Kimono & Kitsuke
Book Reviews" section that caught my eye:
The first thing I noticed is that they're good at tagging languages;
subject lines include little national flag icons. This is cool, it
makes it easy to find works with English texts.
One of the reviewed books with English text is "Kimono and the Colors
The review piqued my interest. What really got me, though, was some
sample excerpted text. The author referenced period use of colors, and
in some cases notable historical (in some cases SCA-period) figures
who favored those colors. Male notable historical figures. I set up an
amazon.co.jp account and ordered it and its two companion volumes.
At the bottom of one of the reviews, I noticed a link for "Naomi no
Kimono Asobi" <http://www.kimonoasobi.com/
>, the personal website for
Naomi, founder of IG. She's got a blog.
She just posted a series of color tables from "Japanese Design: Modern
Approaches to Traditional Elements," "Japanese Colors - Nara to
There isn't as much information about this book, and it appears to be
out-of-print, but I'm taking a chance on it.
I've been looking for asian color tables and guides for a while now.
My wearable art gang is always interested in this sort of thing; we
were talking about it just a few months ago. We'll see if these open
up any new design possibilities.