Retired Reproduction Barbie™ Clothing and Accessories - Detail
Cherry Blossom Kimono in Bright Gold and Pink

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 their souvenir dolls that tourists took home with them. Sylvia has bought several of these dolls, taken them apart, and made an exact duplicate of the same rare cherry blossom 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. Sylvia has lined this bright gold and pink brocade kimono in a beautiful hot pink matching silk chiffon as many of the Mattel kimonos were. The fabric she used for the neck piece was ordered from Japan. The fabulous gold and beige brocade obi is also made from vintage brocade that Sylvia removed from one of these dolls. This brocade is also the exact brocade the Mattel used for some of their Barbie obis back in the 1960's. The obi-jime cord is made from entwined gold cords ordered from England. You will notice that this kimono has the same cherry blossom pattern that was used on the vintage fabric that Mattel used on the rare kimono that was shown on page 55 of Barbie in Japan and page 35 of the February, 1998 issue of Barbie Bazaar. This fabric was also made in a pale pink and silver color. The cherry blossom pattern is still very evident as you can see in the close up photos. You will also receive reproduction pink open toed shoes and short white gloves made from vintage tricot. For those of you who don't have either of the previously mentioned publications, I have put a copy of the photo here for your reference only. As you can see, the cherry blossom kimono is the kimono seen in the middle. Sylvia will also be at the National Barbie Doll Convention in New Orleans with a few of these very limited kimonos, so please stop by her room and say hello.
Status Retired - Cherry Blossom Kimono in Bright Gold and Pink $450.00
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