Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fundraising for Volunteering in Japan

Hello Everyone,

My friend Elizabeth, also known as @Hairfreax on twitter, is going to go volunteer in Japan this fall and she needs help with raising money for it. Right now she is trying to raise half the cost, and one of the ways she is going to do it is by holding several kimono sets raffles.

Here are the rules:
1. Open worldwide.
2. Each raffle ticket costs $10, and you can enter as many times as you like (remember, all of the money raised will go towards volunteering).
3. Use the Paypal button to submit your payment.
4. In the Special Instructions to Seller, please list your ADDRESS and EMAIL by which we can contact you. 
5. The last day to enter will be July 31, 2011! Winner will be announced shortly after and contacted by email.
6. Winner will be picked using
7. If the winner doesn't respond within 48 hours, we will have to pick another winner.
8. Another person will also get picked to get a surprise runner up gift.
9. Packages will be mailed out within 2 business days after we get the confirmation from the winning person.

Which Kimono Set?

Originally I was hoping to go with her, but I was waiting for my online school to release their fall schedule and when they did..... I knew there is no way I would be able to go ANYWHERE! Instead I decided I will donate two (almost) complete kimono outfits to her fundraiser! This is what will be available in the competition:

Sorry, cats are not included ;P But they approved of this kimono :)

You've always been interested in Japanese kimono but didn't know where to start. Or maybe you decided that you wanted to take the Tea Ceremony lessons, but didn't have a kimono to wear there. Or maybe you just want a kimono, but never got around to getting yourself one. If you answered yes to any of the above, this very traditional ensemble is for you. The ensemble consist of a gorgeous apricot orange synthetic iromuji (still has basting stitches on!), toned down by light gold vintage silk nagoya obi. Exquisite brown silk haori completes the ensemble for those colder days. You will also get the obiage and obijime you see in the photos, and a white silk haneri. All you have to do is get a juban, zori and tabi and you are all set for the Tea Ceremony. Or just have a complete traditional outfit, appropriate for a wide range of occasions.

But what if you don't like traditional kimono style? Then the next ensemble will be perfect for you! Featuring my signature style of stripes and hats, you will be ready to be funky and modern in no time. With this ensemble you will get a blue striped wool kimono, with a vintage reversible checkered/striped silk nagoya obi, complete with a matching cloche hat and a scarf. Obiage, obijime and haneri are also included, and all you have to do is get yourself a juban and zori and tabi. Or you can simply wear this outfit with western boots for a complete modern feel!

You can see haneri very well here.
Here you can see the other side of nagoya obi pretty well.
Just in case you're wondering what MY style is, here are some examples:

Please donate below! You can select which kimono set you want, as well as donating just to donate! Every little bit will be greatly appreciated!

Which Kimono Set?

~ Lyuba


  1. What a great idea, Lyuba! Totally donating ^^

  2. wowo these are awesome, you have great talent.

    Helen, X

  3. hay just wanna ask where do u source ur kimono and how much did u spend on it!they must cost loads!! they are all fabulous tho i must say

    1. I buy all of my kimono online, and they are not as expensive as one would think. NOW, all the little things (like dressing accessories and other accessories) might add up to a pretty penny, because there are not as many for sale as kimono and obi.