I love Japanese kimono textile from all eras. I enjoy researching them and studying them closely. Characters/subjects like "yukionna" and "jorougumo" allow for the exploration of designs on the patters of the garment. It's probably my single most enjoyable aspect of painting this type of images.
EDIT (May 30, 2011): This piece has received a TBA (Today's Best Award) over at Zazzle.com, making it the third in my five latest pieces. I'm on a roll. :D