I had the great pleasure of stopping in to see Elizabeth Wilson of Asiatica
last week. She's particularly engaging, but I am always stopping myself from stealing surreptitious glances at all the beautiful things in her shop. When we had wrapped up our business she said, "I have something I want you to see in the back." These are the magic words; only good things could follow.
For the last forty years or so Elizabeth has been gathering Japanese kimonos to use as inspiration and resource for her clothing designs.
Recently she and her team have organized some - some - of the hundreds of kimonos on shelves by color. It's a stunning collection.
If you click on the pictures they will enlarge so you can see the detail of the pattern and color.
As we all stood and admired and said, "Oh, look at this one," and, "Did you see this?" I asked her what she would do with them, her beloved collection that she has gathered from hither and yon, from people who could not see the value of these pieces. She's not sure. Something. Something special.