- Formerly a 'Red, White & Warm'' reproduction Twist n Turn Barbie doll.
- Full reroot, (using the knot method) with black saran hair, including the rooting of a new hairline complete with widow's peak. Her hair was then set, cut and styled into a style inspired by a Maiko, an apprentice Geisha.
- All original face paint has been removed and she has then received a full repaint with artist-quality acrylics. Paintwork was then matte-sealed for protection. Finished with carefully applied false eye lashes.
- Handmade silk kimono is made from a vintage girl's silk kimono and is full of traditional Japanese motifs, highlighted with metallic silver fabric paint. Due to the limited amount of this fabric that I was able to purchase, this will be the only time it is used in a kimono. It is partially lined with jinken (Japanese high-quality faux silk) and features two faux collars and faux inner sleeves of the same jinken, to give the illusion of a second kimono underneath, as it's traditonal to wear layers of kimono. When sewing in 1/6 scale, this would add too much extra bulk of fabric. I spent countless hours trawling numerous websites finding just the right vintage kimono fabrics to use for this young lady.
- To wear the kimono, Barbie had her waist slightly padded (the traditionally preferred shape for Japanese women is a non-curvy form), then the kimono was carefully tied into position according to traditional methods that have been slightly adapted for 1/6 scale. The kimono is full length and is folded over around the waist (you can make out the fold just below the obi). Due to the complex nature of dressing the kimono, it is not advised to remove it, except for archival cleaning purposes. Care should be taken not to pull on the kimono, especially the bottom hem area, so as not to disturb the carefully arranged fold.
- Traditional kanzashi (ornaments) are worn in her hair and all have been meticulously handmade by myself. Silk habotai is firstly starched and then cut into tiny 1/2" (1.25mm) squares. These squares are then carefully folded to reproduce petal shapes, before being carefully glued into position - Maiko are renowned for their elaborate kanzashi and so I went all out. On her right side she wears a wisteria fall, above which is a colourful chrysanthemum. Over on her right side is a butterfly, finished with coiled wire and Swarovski crystal, together with s stylized plum blossom with silver stamen. All the flatback crystals used are Swarovski 'Aurora Borealis' effect. I lost track of the hours, which turned into days, that I spent laboring over these little hair ornaments.
- Lastly, blue closed-toe shoes adorn her feet.