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Dames & Divas Kimono Selection

Dames & Divas Kimono selection is based on condition, colour, size, supply & demand, interest and mystery.

Dames & Divas products’ are handcrafted from vintage silk kimonos; all of which are at least 20 years old. The older the kimono the more likely that some areas may have been damaged over time. Slight markings add to the character and personality of the piece; however severe damage will not translate well to final pieces.

Childrens’ kimonos (in particular girls) are often the most colourful. Gorgeous hues, busy patterns and interesting subjects are the Dames & Divas trademark which are at their best in these fabulous kimonos. However, childrens’ kimonos are also the smallest, which means only 2+ metres of 17-30cm width silk can be obtained per kimono. Every pair of Dames & Divas Wedges uses 1 metre of fabric, so the smaller the kimono the more limited the range.

Adult kimonos tend to be more subdued however Furisodes (traditionally worn by unmarried women) are often bright and beautiful. Adult kimonos produce anywhere from 4-9 metres of silk depending on their size.

It is always exciting unpicking a kimono as you never know what you are going to find hiding beneath the intrinsic layers. Sometimes a section is un-picked to discover it was mended with a brilliant piece of kimono much more beautiful than the kimono itself. These pieces are never wasted, instead used in the creation of Dames & Divas accessories such as rings and hair accessories.

 Image of Kimono Resin Rings

Selection is driven by supply and demand. Orange and red kimonos are the most sought after. Turquoise and aqua are also very difficult to find in good condition. Here is a picture of our favourite kimono ever! We have never been able to find a kimono this brilliant turquoise again.

Interesting patterns and subjects are important. Tsuru (crane) motifs are a personal favourite as the species are endangered and symbolise longevity and immortality. Floral motifs, Autumn scenes, shibori (tie-dye), embroidery and silver/gold embellishments also are high on the list.

Last but not least, mystery and allure come into play. Some kimonos just ‘speak’ to you. There’s so much history associated with every kimono, it creates mystery and intrigue about who may have worn it before.

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Dames & Divas

 

Dames and Divas is a boutique Australian shoe and accessory label specialising in creating beautiful limited edition designer accessories with a conscience.

The present collection - Veisha by Dames & Divas is handmade from vintage silk kimonos.

Kimonos are un-stitched, and crafted into shoes, bags, jewellery & hair accessories.

No two items are the same & limited numbers can be made per kimono making every piece truly unique & special.

It takes a metre of kimono silk to make one pair of Dames & Divas signature Wedges and with many kimonos having only 2-6 metres of usable fabric, every range is extremely limited.

Once the shoes are made, the remnants are kept and made into bags, jewellery and hair accessories.  Every piece of kimono is used to create a little piece of wearable art, even down to .8cm as can be seen in these Kimono Studs in Sterling Silver.

Dames & Divas believes in creating beautiful designer accessories with a conscience and will be exploring a number of new eco friendly mediums in 2012 including recycled resin, recycled sterling silver, organic denim, recycled denim and vintage fabrics.

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Kimono Coin Purses

Kimono Coin Purse by Veisha by Dames & Divas

These gorgeous silk coin purses are handcrafted from vintage silk kimono.

Every Dames and Divas Coin Purse is truly unique, beautiful and one of a kind. No two Kimono Coin Purses are the same and once sold out can never be repeated.

Dames and Divas is a boutique Australian shoe and accessory label specialising in creating beautiful limited edition silk accessories.

Veisha by Dames and Divas is a gorgeous collection of women’s’ Bags, bags, jewellery & hair accessories handcrafted from vintage silk kimonos from Japan. Kimonos are unstitched and transformed into beautiful pieces of wearable art. No two items are the same and limited numbers can be made per kimono making every piece truly unique & special.

Outer: Vintage silk kimono
Dimensions: 12x13cm

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Veisha Vintage Silk Kimono & Resin Jewellery

Our Veisha spring/summer 2011 collection of Vintage Silk Kimono & Resin Jewellery.

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Kimono Accessories for Mother’s Day

Why not treat your mum to a limited edition piece of wearable art this Mother’s Day.

All Dames & Divas items are handcrafted from vintage silk kimonos.

Our current collection consists of kimono necklaces, kimono earrings, kimono rings, kimono cufflinks and kimono bangles handmade from vintage silk kimonos, sterling silver and resin.

Postage is free until the 30th April (Australia wide)!

Visit www.damesanddivas.com.au to view the entire collection.

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Only 6 days left!

There are only 6 days left of Dames & Divas month at House of Balaklava! 

How lucky have we been to showcase our entire range of Vintage Silk Kimono Shoes, Bags and Accessories at House of Balaklava for a whole month! 

We can’t believe it is almost over!  We have been dropping new stock off every week and the response has been fabulous. 

Jacqui and Lisa at House of Balaklava have done amazing job of merchandising in their beautiful boutique! 

Some new arrivals this week include…

 

Vintage Silk Kimono Ballet Flats - in a lovely navy blue butterfly kimono

  

 

..the matching Vintage Silk Kimono Bangle Bag

 

Organic Denim & Vintage Silk Kimono Wedges

 

Vintage Silk Kimono Wedges in a lovely Orange and Cream kimono

Thanks to everyone who has popped along to have a look and if you haven’t been yet, don’t forget House of Balaklava is located at 167 Carlisle St, St Kilda East.  Why not make the most of it and have a coffee and a stroll this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Veisha by Dames & Divas

Dames & Divas has launched the first of its sub brands for 2011; Veisha by Dames & Divas.

Veisha is all about limited edition vintage silk kimono accessories and the debut launch includes a collection of sterling silver & resin jewellery framing unstitched vintage silk kimono remnants.

Born from the allure and mystery of Japan combined with an innate love of vintage accessories each exquisite item is hand crafted from unstitched vintage silk kimonos, sourced directly from Japan.

The new collection is an explosion of colour and style and includes rings, earrings, necklaces and cufflinks.

Veisha by Dames & Divas Kimono Resin Bangles

  

Veisha by Dames & Divas Kimono Necklace in Sterling Silver - Square

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Veisha by Dames & Divas

 

Dames & Divas will soon be launching the first of its sub brands for 2011; Veisha by Dames & Divas.

Veisha is a boutique range of limited edition accessories handcrafted from vintage silk kimonos.

The debut launch includes a collection of sterling silver & resin jewellery.

The new collection is an explosion of colour and style and includes rings, earrings, necklaces and cuff links. 

The collection will be available for purchase online at www.damesanddivas.com.au and from selected stockists nationally.