For the Barbie and Ken in Heian Era costume I used Frisian Chinz and raw silk. This way I combined the
Frisian fabrics with more traditional silks to create a merge between East and West.
Originally I wanted to create a “real” Juni-Hitoe (twelve layers) kimono for Barbie, but this would have been way to much for the tiny doll. It does make me wonder, it must have been a lot for these small Japanese Ladies of the Heian Era as well.
Hina Dolls are small dolls that are displayed on the 3th of March for Hina Matsuri (Dolls Festival) Girls Day in Japan. The dolls represent the Imperial Court, with emperor and empress on top and then several layers of servants, the displays can be extremely elaborate but also very quiet. For more information on Hina Dolls, please visit Wikipedia
For more kimono adventures in Amsterdam: Berber Kimono