Origami Kimono Ornaments
|Design and Packaging|| Origami Kimono Ornaments measure 3.25 inches
across the shoulders, and 5 inches from collar to hem. (The bamboo dowel is
about 4 inches long.) The ornaments are finished front and back, and appear neat
and attractive from either side. Every ornament has a gold (or sometimes silver)
cord for hanging and comes mounted on a heavy, textured white linen card,
protected by an extra-clear zip-seal bag.
Each Origami Kimono Ornament is unique. No two ornaments look exactly alike, even if they are made from the same fabric. Large-scale fabrics produce widely varied and dramatic abstract effects as the colors and motifs are rearranged in each ornament, so they make excellent candidates for buying more than one to use together. Small-scale ornaments will be a lot more consistent, one to the next.
|Selling Points|| Although I designed
them as ornaments, most people buy them (often in twos or threes) to frame in a
shadowbox, or to give as gifts. Many just hang them by the gold cord on a wall
year-round. I like to prop them up, still mounted, on my mantle. And of course,
there is always the Christmas tree. I have also been told that they
are the proper scale to look great hanging on the wall of a dollhouse!
Origami Kimono Ornaments make unique gifts for Mother's Day, Fathers' Day, Valentine's Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, birthdays and housewarmings. They are also a good choice to give to dinner hostesses, teachers, bridesmaids, people you visit, etc. And they would be just the right touch for the feng shui corner in your shop. I have lots of lovely rich, dark ones for men, and you know how difficult it is to shop for them.... And, of course, they are VERY popular with tourists!
|Origami With an Iron|| The process of
making each Origami Kimono Ornament involves 30 steps of sewing, turning,
measuring, folding, ironing and tying. There are no shortcuts, (no hot-glue
guns, either!) and each ornament is painstakingly coaxed into being, by hand,
here in my studio. Unlike paper, fabric stretches, making each ornament an individual challenge.
|The Medleys|| I offer an assortlement of ornaments in medleys of 6, and the minimum order is 2
medleys, (12 ornaments), but I highly recommend that you order 4 medleys for a better selection, which prompts people to buy more, because they can't decide on just one. The makeup of each medley is predetermined, to provide
a color-balanced selection. In 2005, I am offering a range of 4 medleys, (24 ornaments) with no duplicates. If you order more, the duplicates will still be unique, because of the way the pattern falls on the ornament.
Please remember, Origami Kimono Ornaments sell well year-round, not just before Christmas.
|Shipping|| Origami Kimono Ornaments are very light and therefore economical to ship! 1-2 medleys ship as 1 pound, 3-5 medleys ship as 2 pounds, 6-8 medleys ship as 3 pounds, and 9-11 medleys ship as 4 pounds, etc. There are three shipping options to choose from on the shopping cart: Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation, Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation and Insurance, and International. If you prefer shipping by UPS, check the International option, and then explain what you want in the message box on the "send order" page. In all cases, you will be charged the exact shipping cost, plus a modest $2 handling fee. Shipping cost will be determined by zip code and added to the invoice, unless you want them shipped collect or billed to your shipping account.
|Terms|| Terms for approved shops, members of the Museum Store Association and those I have approached or worked with before, are Net 30. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Origami Kimono Ornaments are available wholesale to retail establishments only, not to private persons.
Once you are finished ordering, click on the "send order" button, which will open a new window asking for your email and shipping address. There is also a place for notes to me, and you can use that to tell me your Purchase Order number, shipping directions, etc. Once you fill that in and send it, your order will be sent to me, and you will get a copy for your records.
|Lead Time|| It is usually possible for me to ship your order within two weeks, but very large orders and/or low stock may cause a delay. A month's lead time is appreciated, and I will make every effort to get them to you before that. Since I make them here in the studio, and don't buy them from someone else to resell, it is hard to predict when I might run low. If you would like to place an order for future delivery well in advancev to coordinate with a special event or exhibition, the ornaments will either be made to order, or enough stock will be reserved to guarantee your order will be filled, and it will be shipped the date you specify.
| Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with questions. You can also call/fax with questions or orders: Alycia at Alyen Creations, (503) 236-2968.
I'm in Oregon, so keep in mind the time difference if you are on the East Coast. I am a lot more coherent after
9 am Pacific Standard Time! My studio is in my home, so if you need to call after business hours, (from Hawaii, perhaps) please do!
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