Pokémon Kimono is a very good idea
Typical designs for the kimono include things like plum blossoms, sakura, maple leaves. They don’t include Pocket Monsters which is a shame as they absoutely should.
Kimono designer Misamaru takes her love for Pokemon to a new level by showing it off in traditional Japanese clothing. “I decided to make a Pokémon kimono because I like both Pokemon and kimonos, ”she said Kotaku via email, “and I thought it would be wonderful to create a piece that combines them.”
Misamaru adds that she has been a great Pokemon fan since she was little.
What she did is incorporated Pokemon designs and patterns throughout the kimono, including the embroidery of the figures in haori, the light coats worn over the kimono.
The creation of this Rayquaza piece took two months. First, Misamaru traced where the Legendary Pokemon would go on the haori, drawing the character in tailor’s chalk. Then she did the embroidery by hand.
It is a process that takes time, but is worth it, above all here. “My favorite Pokémon is Kyogre,” she added.
For Groudon’s haori, she recreated the character as a felt patch, embroidering all the details, and then applied it.
Misamaru’s creations are not limited to Pokemon. She made a manga inspired kimono Hunter x hunter, Gothic and Gothic Lolita fashion, and even a wonderful tinkerbell influenced who ended up looking like lettuce.
The lettuce kimonos are rad.
While the traditional kimono can seem bogged down at times, there have been a number of young designers who have made things happen in healthy ways. This designer in particular wants people to feel free when they wear a kimono. Without a doubt, fun too.
All tweets and photos used with permission. Find out more on Misamaru’s Twitter here.