Kimono TREE DOT

$225.00

My very first 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 in front (a bow of delight) or wrapped back (sleek and active) This Kimono is the most versatile of all Dahlia Drive Structures.

A quick piece to dramatize a simple dress, give class to jeans, cover arms in the sun. Washable, dryable, packable, uncreasable. Made from discarded curtain sheer roll ends.

Choose from Jade, Wasabi, Coal or Cedar as your kimono’s front colour. The sun and tree are ubiquitous.

Pair your Dahlia Drive Tree Kimono with the matching colour of Dahlia Drive Lace Piano Pants or, if you choose a Coal base, the Dahlia Drive Dot Piano Pants. A complete outfit!

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My very first 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 in front (a bow of delight) or wrapped back (sleek and active) This Kimono is the most versatile of all Dahlia Drive Structures.

A quick piece to dramatize a simple dress, give class to jeans, cover arms in the sun. Washable, dryable, packable, uncreasable. Made from discarded curtain sheer roll ends.

Choose from Jade, Wasabi, Coal or Cedar as your kimono’s front colour. The sun and tree are ubiquitous.

Pair your Dahlia Drive Tree Kimono with the matching colour of Dahlia Drive Lace Piano Pants or, if you choose a Coal base, the Dahlia Drive Dot Piano Pants. A complete outfit!

Why a tree? From the back of the kimono, the tree mimics our spine and lungs. The red sun or orange moon is a familiar landscape in our visual history, evoking numerous associations to the life force and the wholeness of one. I see the tree as enduring, patient and responsive; it uses what it is given and prospers or dies. Regardless of the timing of its fate, in all processes it feeds and is fed life through the air and soil. Nothing is lost.

In creating the painting for the tree kimono, I screened the tree onto one piece of paper in black (coal) dye and, when dry, screen printed a red (heart) dot amongst the trees. On another sheet of paper I paint, in large strokes with a singular colour dye, a loosely structured star. My vision, when painting this star, is Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.I then screen clear dots onto the painting in order for the colour to be resisted at those spots. The kimono structure is folded into the same shape as the Vitruvian Man and the tree/sun is pinned to the back while the star painting is pinned to the front.

Once heatset, the kimono unfolds into layers of images; echoes of the tree become shadows in the front, the sun peeks through a resisted dot to land at your heart, the folds devolve from origami into a labyrinth of shapes and shades.

A quick piece to dramatize a simple dress, give class to jeans, cover arms in the sun. Washable, dryable, packable, uncreasable. Made from discarded curtain sheer roll ends.

 

Styled by You

Size

S, M, L, XL

Color

Cedar, Coal, jade, Wasabi

Size Guide

  • Lotus Dress
  • Piano Pants
  • Puffy Coat
  • Smock
  • Bustle Dress
  • Swing Top
  • Kimono
  • Hatori

Chest

SMALL Max 36”
MEDIUM Max 42”
LARGE Max 46”

Ribcage and Hips

SIZE 1 (28”-34” ribcage/Hips max 40”)
SIZE 2 (34”- 40”ribcage/ Hips max 46”)

Hips and Chest

SIZE 1 chest and hips max 44”
SIZE 2 chest and hips max 48”
SIZE 3 chest and hips max 52”

Chest

X-SMALL Max 32”
SMALL Max 34”
MEDIUM Max 38”
LARGE Max 44”
X-LARGE Max 50”

Chest

X-SMALL Max 28”
SMALL Max34”
MEDIUM Max 38”
LARGE Max 42”
X-LARGE Max46”
2 X-LARGE Max 50”

Chest

SMALL Max 36”
MEDIUM Max 42”
LARGE Max 46”

Chest

SMALL Max 36”
MEDIUM Max 42”
LARGE Max 46”
X-LARGE Max 52”

Chest and hips

SMALL Max 40”
MEDIUM Max 43”
LARGE Max 46”
X-LARGE Max 48”
2 X-LARGE Max 51”

1. Pick your Style from the tabs above

2. Measure yourself

Dahlia Drive’s sizing is based on my shape and because I am the center of my universe (as Aphrodite was of hers), I am a Medium (even though, according to the Marilyn Monroe world of sizing I am a small, the Penthouse world of sizing I am a 0 and the Asian metric of sizing I am an extra large). So if you find comfort in thinking you know your size, stop now and get a tape measure *.

As Aphrodite so beautifully demonstrates (she has invisible servants because she is a goddess):

  • Measure around your back and chest (including your breasts) for the CHEST measurement
  • Measure your rib cage right under your breasts for the RIBCAGE measurement
  • Measure your hips at their widest for the HIPS measurement

Note: it is vital you do not take what you discover personally. It is just a number.

3. Find your Size on the Style Guide!

Then click your heels together and repeat after me, “There is no place like me”, “There is no place like me” . Voila! You have arrived home in your perfect body!

4. Order your size!

* (if you do not have a measuring tape, find a yardstick or 12″ ruler and measure off a 60″ piece of yarn or shoelace liquorish or toilet paper. Use this length to loop around your body at the designated spot for your style and mark the join with a knot or paper clip. Measure the distance from end to knot against the inches of your ruler or yardstick.)

When it came to sizing her clothes, Aphrodite had it easy: “One goddess length of silk wrapped around my hips please!”.

Shipping and Returns

Shipping is free.

All items but the Puffy Coats require 2 weeks time  from your order to my shipping.  Puffy coats require  from 2 to 3 months construction time.

I will gladly exchange your purchase due to faulty craftsmanship or an error in sizing.  I can not accept exchanges on specially ordered items.

There are no returns or cancellations.

Please contact me within 30 days of the original order should you desire an exchange.

Send me an email at wendy@dahliadrive.com to identify the reason for the exchange.  Mail the item, unused and in its original condition to 5898 Fraser Street, Powell River, B.C. V8A 4T5 Canada. You are responsible for the shipping costs.  Consider using a tracking service to guarantee its arrival.  I cannot be responsible for undelivered items.

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I can not be responsible for delays due to customs.

Thank you for your business.  I make each piece with care and attention, just for you.

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