WAH-BAM! After the subtle, muted colors of April's kimono, reminiscent of falling rain, Sawako Lilly's May kimono bursts forth with an explosion of flowers and colors! :D I don't know if I can identify all the flowers in the bouquet but I'll do my best!
Sawako Lilly's furisode (long sleeved kimono for unmarried women) is make from rinzu silk (very smooth, satin like silk) with gold paint embellishments. Her kimono are all made from recycled human sized kimono. ^_^
Starting with the front panel, it's decorated with daisies and nadeshiko (I think in English they're a sort of carnation? I see them on the sides of roads in the median so I assumed they're a weed of some sort...).
Giant botan (peonies) decorate the front of the two dangling sleeves.
More giant botan! :D
The obi (wide belt) is woven with gold and green threads, and tied together with a lavender obijime (cord to hold up obi). The obiage (scarf used to hide the knots at the top of the obi) is a matching red with shibori pattern (traditional Japanese resist dye technique that makes the polka dots).
The back of the furisode is much calmer than the front, which is a good thing or our eyes would just go up in smoke from all the intense flowers and colors! ^_^
The obi musubi (knot) is tied in the fukuro suzume style (plump sparrow, one of the more common knots to use with a furisode).
No botan on the back of the sleeves, but more subtle sakura (cherry blossoms).
You can recognize sakura by their distinctive notched petals.
Here is are more examples of sakura, but these are a different type, with the double layer of petals.
A lot of the beauty in Japanese culture is hidden, only for the wearer to know. One of my favorite parts of this furisode is the secret design on the inside panel. Kimonos are worn with the left side over the right (Don't wear it the other way! Only bodies for the grave are dressed the other way!) so this design on the right panel would normally be hidden by the left panel. However, when you undress it, you can see this beautiful hidden, chou (butterfly) motif.
Close up of the secret chou! ^_^