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Francie's Japanese Brocade Kimono

Sylvia has a treat for those of you who love Japanese exclusives. Apparently, Mattel used some of the same fabrics that companies like Nishi used for the souvenir dolls that tourists took home with them. Sylvia has bought several of these dolls, taken them apart, and made exact duplicates of some of the kimono that Mattel made for vintage Barbie dolls 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 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. This brocade kimono for Francie is the exact same fabric that Mattel used for the rare Japanese exclusive that came be seen on page 100 in the Japan Barbie book. The fabric she used for the neck piece was ordered from Japan. Francie's kimono is lined in beautiful white silk chiffon. The obi is made from vintage gold lame, which is a fabulous match for the fabric Mattel used. The cord was ordered from England. Sylvia has also made the matching envelope purse for Francie, just as Mattel did. The prices will vary according to the fabric condition and the price Sylvia had to pay for these dolls.
Status Francie's Japanese Brocade Kimono $225.00

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