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Sarah Beharovic, 20, said she'd always wanted a kimono: "Now when I go to Japan and visit any festivals or special occasions I already have my attire."
of Crystal Lake was rocking a kimono earlier this fall at the Ginza Holiday Japanese Cultural Festival, an annual event held at the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Lincoln Park. But her roots are far from Japan—Sarah's parents were born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and her family endured the hardships of the Bosnian war in the 90s. After a time as refugees in Germany, they came to America with whatever they could fit in two suitcases.
Now an aspiring model and photographer, Sarah has expanded her wardrobe considerably since then, and at the festival itself the 20-year-old picked up her latest acquisition: a kimono from Ohio Kimono
, one of the largest online stores of its kind in the States. Manning the booth was Kerry, aka the Kimono Lady (she preferred not to give her last name), who painstakingly styled Sarah in traditional attire.
"It was an absolute joy to introduce Sarah to kitsuke
, the art of wearing a kimono," Kerry said. "Hers is a casual piece known as a yukata
, which is made from a cotton print fabric." Kerry paired this with an informal version of the sash worn around the waist, a hanhaba obi
. "The kimono and obi have their own rules, and it is important to match them correctly," she said.
Kerry admires the slow and intricate ritual of donning a kimono and laments our hasty modern ways. But for those with less patience she recommends a haori
, the coat worn on top of a kimono: "A haori looks great with a shirt and pants, and they do not require any special knowledge or accessories to wear."
More pictures after the jump.
Sarah in a yukata, an informal kimono
A hanhaba obi, informal sash