Kimono Gal Square Postcards Set - Akemi and Asako
Akemi | 明美
Akemi is my New Year Kimono Gal and she's celebrating her Seijinshiki!
In early January is Seijin no Hi, which is the Coming of Age Day in Japan. Twenty year olds all around the country celebrate becoming adults, which means they can legally drink alcohol and vote.
Women typically dress in furisode kimono (振り袖着物) which is the most formal and gorgeous kimono for unmarried women. Furisode means 'swinging sleeves' because the sleeves are so long - they almost reach her feet!
Akemi's furisode kimono has the patterns of 'shōchikubai' (松竹梅) which means pine, bamboo and plum blossoms. These are known as the 'three friends of winter' and they symbolise the new year and resilience through the cold and tough times!
Akemi also has a little ox on her obi to celebrate 2021 - The Year of the Ox 🐮
Asako | 麻子
I drew Asako for my dear cousin who is expecting to meet her baby soon!
The haori (kimono jacket) that Asako is wearing has an 'asa' (hemp) pattern on it which symbolises the healthy growth of babies and children. Since it's getting colder over here, I visualised lovely and warm autumn colours for her.
The brilliant thing about wearing kimono is that unlike Western garments where your body has to fit the clothes, the kimono fits to your body shape instead. One kimono can easily accommodate the constantly changing figure of an expectant mum because you can adjust the kimono to fit your body shape every time you wear it.
There's also handy gaps in the armpit areas of all women's kimono called 'miyatsuguchi' (身八つ口) which can used for breastfeeding babies without having to adjust the kimono much at all.
Kimono Gal Square Postcards (Set of 2)
My digitally illustrated Kimono Gals featuring Akemi and Asako
2 x square postcards (15cm x 15cm)
Silky matte 300gsm card stock
Note: This set includes one Akemi postcard and one Asako postcard and can not be changed to any other postcard combination