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*Great* shot of my bow, which took forever to put together. It looks similar to the butterfly style I wear with yukata, but if you look carefully you can see the center section is rather long. My obi makura, the cushion used to give the obi knot shape, is tucked inside. The makura is centered under the bow against the back and tied in front, then covered by the obiage (obi scarf), which is also tied in front and tucked into the top of the obi. It helps keep the bow high and perky, and adds a decorative accent to the ensemble.

I'm almost completely self-taught in regards to kimono. There are hundreds of ways to arrange the obi, but most english-language tutorials only cover three basic ones: butterfly, clamshell, and drum knot. All I had for this style was a photo of the finished product. As always, this was the most time-consuming part of getting dressed and I almost broke down in tears a couple times, but it was definitely worth it.

Now if I can just learn to tackle bara-musubi...

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