Yabane are considered to be very auspicious; fletching from a broken arrow is often used as a talisman against bad luck. This particular aspect makes it a good choice for accessories, like the kinchaku pictured below.
|With geometric patterning and classic red/white color combo, this can be paired with practically any ensemble.|
My most interesting examples of this motif come from the kimono of some of my ningyou. My first example is the top worn by my somewhat rakish samurai who wields the fan more freely than the sword
|This ningyo was bought at a sale supporting the Yu Ai Kai in San Jose's Japantown.|
|This lovely lady was purchased at a thrift store in Willow Glen, CA.|
|A clear example of what sun exposure can do to fabrics. The purple of her kimono was likely just as vivid as the samurai's, if not moreso.|
When I first saw this lovely lady, I was quite charmed, and very taken with how strikingly pale her kimono was, and how subtle the patterning. As the coloring was so uniform, it didn't occur to me until I got her home and was able to take a closer look that what I considered striking, others would see as sun damage. The second image illustrates very well what the original color of her kimono would have been, and might suggest why she found herself in a thrift store. I know very little about her though her kanzashi and the positioning of her hands suggest to me that she is depicting a dance. If my kind readers have any further speculation or suggestions, I should love to read them!
You may remember the following example from earlier this month, wen we were discussing ajisai (hydrangea).
|The yabane here is the 'plain' side of a reversible obi.|
We have just one more day of the A-to-Z challenge, and I hope that you'll join me tomorrow for our final motif!