Today is the Pinnicle ( http://www.pinnaclecpwevents.com/ ) open house. The show is from 5-8pm for perspective clients. I hope to return with a few new connections, and some photos. Until then, I am off to prepare for the evening.
Also, the washing machine experiment went very well. Concerning kimono, the fanbase is fairly rigid against the use of such to wash their attire. The problem being, a concern and fear of destruction of their precious kimono. To be honest, I was largely against using a washing machine until I had such great success.
I had my machine set on cold water, a delicate cycle for 6 mins. I used standard fabric cleaner, and NO fabric softener. From the washing machine to the dryer, I just put the kimono in on a standard heated tumble dry. This process cleaned the kimono, improved their smell, and removed deep wrinkles from the fabric. IMO, the key to properly doing this was the use of cold water to wash the kimono in, and quickly moving the kimono from the washer to the dryer so they did not sit in the wash after it was done.
From the dryer, the kimono were folded while still warm, and put away.
All in all, I am VERY pleased with the results and will consider machine washing some of my less delicate kimono in the future.