Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bookcase Tour Tuesday - Kabuki Costumes Paper Dolls

I just love paper dolls. Always have, probably always will. So when I saw this book, Kabuki Costumes Paper Dolls, years ago, that combines a few of my obsessions; paper dolls + costumes + kimonos, how could I resist?


The book has many costumes, each printed on a page that is blank on the back, ready to be cut out. Each outfit has a little piece explaining the role it is worn for.


Included in the book is one male and one female form in cardboard. Most of the costumes come with an accompanying mask or wig.





I actually cut some of mine out, minus the paper doll tags, laminated the front and stuck magnets on the back. For many years they sat on my fridge ready for me to play dress ups each day while making breakfast.

4 comments:

momijitomitsukoshi said...

Absolutely gorgeous!
I had a Kath and Kim dress up thing on my fridge for years.
I much prefer your idea though. Maybe they stole it.

Sarah said...

I LOVE your paper dolls as fridge magnets idea! I just may have to steal it myself... wheeeee!

Sarah said...

They aren't wearing kimonos, but these old woodblock prints of paper dolls are pretty cool... check out http://www.tulips.tsukuba.ac.jp/limedio/dlam/B1042800/image/page/6.jpeg or http://www.tulips.tsukuba.ac.jp/limedio/dlam/B1042800/image/page/11.jpeg or any of the others down at the bottom of (the Tsukuba University site)
http://www.tulips.tsukuba.ac.jp/pub/kichosho/kyoiku-nishikie-eng.html

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Sarah thanks for those links, I especially love the "Moral Lessons" section!

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