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Skipper Japanese Brocade Kimono

Sylvia has a treat for those of you who love Barbie, Francie, and Skipper in a kimono. Apparently, Mattel used some of the same fabrics that companies like Nishi used for their souvenir dolls that tourists took home with them. Sylvia has bought several of these dolls, taken them apart, and made exquisite kimonos from the vintage brocades made in Japan in the 1960's. These souvenir dolls were very cheaply made. The kimonos were not beautifully hand sewn like Mattel's. They were usually quickly machine stitched and then pinned or tacked onto a cloth doll in two pieces. The obi covered up the fact that this was not a one piece kimono. You CANNOT buy one of these souvenir kimono dolls and expect to put it right on a Barbie doll. It must be carefully taken apart and then cut, pieced, and stitched back together by a skilled kimono seamstress. Each of these kimonos takes Sylvia many hours to construct. She has followed the old way of hand stitching. For this particular kimono, Sylvia has used a fabulous super shiny gold and black chevron patterned brocade with splashes of yellow, green, white, and red chrysanthemums. For the obi, Sylvia has used vintage red brocade accented with red chrysanthemums. This brocade was also taken from a vintage souvenir doll. For the obis, Sylvia takes the fabric and cuts, backs, and glues the fabric just like Mattel did for Barbie doll kimonos back in the 1960's. There were very few seamstresses allowed to sew these beautiful kimonos for Mattel. Many were rejected because the quality was not up to Mattel's standards. Sylvia's would NEVER have been rejected. Sylvia has lined this kimono in a beautiful red silk chiffon as many of the Mattel kimonos were. The fabric she used for the neck piece was ordered from Japan. Sylvia has accented the obi with an entwined silver obi-jime cord. The cord was ordered from England. With this kimono you will also receive a little vintage wooden kite taken from one of these dolls. This is a OOAK kimono, and if you are interested in purchasing this gorgeous work of art, Sylvia will be at the National Barbie Doll Convention in New Orleans next week. Please stop by her room and say hello!
Status Skipper Japanese Brocade Kimono $125.00

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