My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.
- It is not a word for a general Asian outfit. - It is not a word for a long flowy thing with big flowy sleeves and a potentially crossed collar with a ton of gaudy, shiny designs on it that looks Asian. - It is not your shitty polyester bathrobe thing you got online that they make 1000 of to trick people who have some kind of interest in kimono, but don’t take a little bit of time to study it. (This is not to say you can’t get kimono online. Go to www.Yamatoku.jp/classic or www.ichiroya.com) - It is not a Chinese Cheongsam. JAPANESE AND CHINESE ARE TWO DIFFERENT CULTURES PEOPLE. - It is not a Korean Hanbok. - It is not a random, long drapy thing that a model is wearing. - It is not just some general robe with a wide belt.
A kimono is a Japanese traditional outfit, that is very specific in design and takes a lot of LEARNING to wear. If you’re going to be interested in Kimono at all, at least attempt to study the way it looks and its anatomy.