Kimono LOTUS

“No mud, no lotus”.Thich Nhat Hahn. The very first Dahlia Drive sheer structure, circa 2007, the Kimono is a cursory nod to the traditional Japanese kimono esthetic. The back is shape fitted yet the front can hang loose (a column of elegance), tied (a bow of delight) or wrapped around to the back (sleek and active). The most versatile structure in the Dahlia Drive repertoire, the Lotus Kimono is an easy adornment to dramatize a simple dress, give class to jeans or cover arms in the sun. Washable, dryable, packable, uncreasable. Take it with you wherever you go.

Made from discarded curtain sheer roll ends.

Pair your Dahlia Drive Lotus Kimono with Dahlia Drive Tarragon, Heart or Coal Lace Piano Pants or the Dahlia Drive Dot Piano Pants. A complete outfit!

The lotus image is screened onto a paper canvas of a dried painted line of ‘tarragon’ and dots of ‘heart’. The kimono is laid flat on the canvas and wrapped like origami. Pinned in place, an inverse painting of the lotus on ‘coal’ (like its reflection in the water) is pinned onto the front. The ‘sandwich’ is heat-set and when unfolded, the kimono reveals the lotus’s story; the darkness from which it grows, the stem that rises through the water, the seeds of life which shine within it and the flower rising to blossom, its petals migrating into the sleeves like rays of sun.

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant or weak, return to yourself, to who you are here and now. When you get there you will discover yourself like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” Masaru Emoto

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