On Wed, 29 Jan 2003, daviem01 <ellen.m.davis@...
>> Another source for silk organza is http://www.silkconnection.com/;
>> I've gotten a variety of silks from them, including their organza,
>> and have nothing but praise for them. Personally, I'm quite a fan of
>> their fuji broadcloth :)
> I agree, Rupert Gibbon & Spider is great! I was originally planning
> to order organza from them-- but finding it on sale for $3 a yard
> changed my mind...
Well, $3/yd is really hard to pass up!
>> You might also want to look at something like
>> This is a moderately common brocade pattern, and I've seen it in a
>> number of colors (jewel-tone blue and red being the most common, but
>> I've also seen light blue, purple, white, and I think brown); he used
>> to have it on his website, (www.silkxpress.com), but it's not there
>> now. I'm pretty sure that's the same design as
> It is indeed the same pattern. I was thinking for a while of using
> this design. I have also seen a light green with similar medallions,
> where the spaces between the medallions are filled with scrolls and
Sounds quite fine.
> Fujiwara no Aki-ame-hime has told me off-list that the willow-
> green "Chinese blossoms" fabric I found would make a fantastic
> uwagi. :)
I think so too, even though women's Heian is not my speciality.
> I think I may go for that (not decided yet!) since it would be an
> appropriate "late summer/early fall" color and would look good with
> any of the layerings involving maroon. I am not entitled to wear a
> red or purple uwagi,
Sure - we got special dispensation for red for Cecily (as I said
before), and a local countess, who was going to make a set for my
knighting (but, as happens, way too many things prevented her from
doing so) with a purple uwagi (being effectively a retired empress)
> and I hear blue and black are Right Out (actually, I'm not even an
> Armiger yet so I don't know if that limits anything else...)
Dunno - those are questions for Kiri and Effingham; I am but a
simple country samurai. :)
>> Well, we made Heian for my knighting at Pennsic; some photos are
>> available on the Yama Kaminari web site
> Ooooh... *drool* <g>
Yeah, everyone took bunches, but those are the ones on the web site.
>> My noshi was made out of a bolt of kimono silk (you can't tell, but
>> it's actually a kaminari-pattern jacquard w/ tiny shibori flowers on
>> it), and the akome is from a white silk jacquard I dyed myself to get
>> the right shade.
> I would love to get a bolt of kimono silk and go to town.
> http://www.ichiroya.com has some great ones.
Thanks for the link! They've got some quite lovely stuff.
I got mine from an (different) eBay vendor, who gets things
completely erratically. But sometimes she's got really good stuff at
quite reasonable prices.
>> Sadly, the starch didn't hold up in the Pennsic heat and humidity,
>> even though it was only on site for a day (an advantages of living
>> close, and a housemate / retainer who's day-tripping) But I'm a
>> guy, and that's not relevant to your question at hand.
> It looks absolutely lurvly, even if it is slightly "wilted". :)
>> Cecily didn't wear the uwagi, mostly because it was so amazingly
>> hot and she was wearing enoguh layers as it was
> The organza I have is enough to make one garment with one body + five
> sets of collars/sleeves/hems.
Actually, she didn't go with organza, she went with 8mm habotai,
which she dyed all those amazing shades herself (with a little help
from my former Laurel).
> I think I may do that for practicality, and for "lightness",
> although lightness is of course relative with a garment like this,
> and I would have to wear the uchiginu and uwagi to hide the "cheating".
Sure. While I haven't compared the relative weights of the organza
and the habotai, I think both would be pretyy weighty, with all those
> I am fortunate to live close to Ii-dono, who has a copy of "Jidai
> isshou no nuikata" with the appropriate patterns for the full ju-ni
> hitoe with such a garment.
Excellent for you!
> Many Thanks,
Don Luby Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono, KSCA
Pittsburgh, PA Debatable Lands, AEthelmearc