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Kimono Girls

My needle felted kimono girls; made and inspired by my childhood in Japan.

The Kimono is a Japanese traditional garment wrapped around the body and secured by a sash called obi which is tied at the back.  Nowadays people wear the kimono for special occasions.  “Shichi go san” is one of them and it means seven, five, and three.  We celebrate and pray for the healthy growth of young children, when the child is reaches the ages of seven, five, and three years old.  They wear the kimono to a shrine to pray.  I remember I wore a kimono when I was seven years old.  It is a special occasion for the parents and the children usually celebrate with treats.  Although, the kimono was uncomfortable, it was a great memory.

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