Thursday, August 23, 2007

My First Bag Is On Sale - Wish Me Luck!

obi bag handbag
If you've looked at my Kimono Reincarnate blog lately, you'd know that my latest obsession is bag making. Making bags from recycled vintage kimono obi fabric to be exact. I just love kimono and especially obi textiles, but sadly my curvy shape doesn't lend well to the straight kimono form. I wanted to employ the fabrics in some way that they could be used everyday.

obi bag handbag
I have wanted to make bags for a very long time now and have been collecting the fabrics to do so, but I was always too scared to cut into these gorgeous works of art. I finally took the plunge a few months ago and have been addicted ever since. It took me a while to get them to where I wanted them to be, and now I'm very happy with the outcome.

I've started lining the bags with kimono fabric. I felt that was the perfect marriage, the fabrics reunited once again. I also wanted the inside of the bag to be just as fun as the outside and for it to be a secret little world just for its owner.

obi bag handbag So what do you think? I've put this one up for auction on eBay here. Please send it some good luck vibes!


cluey said...

Hi Mel - wow your bag is stunning! How long did it take to make? Well done!!

Glad to see you've posted again, I was beginning to think you forgot to come back from holidays!! Hope you had a fab time :)

Oh I saw a japanese group at the airport today, on the back of a girl's jacket was a coat of arms surrounded by the words "Republic of Juicy".
What the?!

Anonymous said...

gorgeous bag! good luck selling it ~

Jenny said...

Even though I am sending good luck vibes-don't think you'll need them! The bag is gorgeous! Good luck with your bag adventures!

blender said...

That's one nice looking bag! Maybe your bags will be the next big thing in Japan! Good luck!