I ordered these from a shop called Tosen on Rakuten a little while ago. Here I have another couple of things to mark off my 2013 list of items for my collection. I have a hard time wearing regular tabi since my toes are kind of short so I think I’m going to invest in some of these stretch ones with cute little motifs embroidered on the toes. I picked this pair because it has several different colors that I hope will match with some things I have.
I also got a summer style obi-ita. It is made from a very thin mesh with a sturdier ‘pocket’ in the front. I tried in on quickly today to see how it handled under a hanhaba. I must say I was rather surprised as it held the shape of the obi pretty well. It would have probably looked neater if I had bound my chest and added a little padding to my back but over all I am happy with the outcome.
So now I just need to find these items to complete my collection for the year:
1. Informal obiage in bright colors.
2. A non-summer Tsukesage or Houmongi
3. Fancy fukuro obi.
4. Modern Zori in a light color
5. Modern Michiyuki
6. Rain covers for geta/zori.
7. A new Yukata
If anyone knows where I can get informal obiage for a decent price, let me know! I swear those little pieces of silk are the hardest things to find!