Monday, August 29, 2011

Inspired by a Japanese Kimono

I saw a Japanese sash in the other vendor's booth in the store and I thought it would be a perfect table runner for an Asian tablescape. So that became the inspiration to my table setting.

I already have had this Asian dinnerware set called "Shima".

See the table runner? It is a Japanese Kimono sash. I think it's the one they tie around the waste of the kimono with a big bow tied in the back. It is really long and I thought for $20, it would be a very good buy. And I was right because we went to an antique festival last weekend in St. Francisville, and they had a few of them and they were selling for $110.00 each. The seller told me that the ones with designs all over on both sides, which this one has, are more expensive, because of the heavy workmanship.

I used my darker bamboo flatware. I think they are very Asian. I also used bamboo placemats but I only have 4 of them so I alternated them with gold round weaved placemats.

Oval wooden plate chargers....I only have 6 of these so for the 2 end settings, I used round gold wooden charger plates.

This is one of my most treasured possessions, a heavy solid jade urn I found in an antique store in Orlando in the 80's. I also have a small jade tea set. I thought they would look good together and of course, an orchid would complete the Asian ambience.

I placed an Asian figure on either side of the table, next to a candle. I think they are Chinese though. I do have Japanese dolls. I probably should have used them instead. In fact, I did replace the porcelain figures with them. You will see in the last 3 photos.

Here is the closeup of the kimono repurposed into a table runner.

A Japanese teapot with a peacock. I have matching tea cups but I put them away since I am using the Shima cups that came with my dinnerware set.

The jade tea set.

Japanese doll and black Jap. lacquered napkin rings.

Japanese vintage Nippon salt cellars.

The succeeding pictures will show the Japanese dolls that replaced the Chinese porcelain figures.

Which do you prefer, the Chinese figures or these? Here is a Japanese warrior.

I hope you enjoyed my Oriental tablescape. Thank you so much for coming. I am linking with:

Marty for Tablestop Tuesday at

Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at

Wanda Lee and Pam for their Tuesday Tea parties at

Sandi for teatime Tuesday at

Martha and Terri for Teacup Tuesday at
Trish' Tea Party Tuesday at
Bunny's Blog Hop Wed at

Susan for Tablescape Thursday at

Miss Spencer's Teacup Thursday at

I thank all these wonderful hostesses. I really appreciate all your hard and dedicated work.

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