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About the Japanese Kimono

Today, the Japanese kimono is normally worn with a single layer on top of one or more undergarments. Worn most often for festival or formal events, the costume represents a politer and more formal clothing. The level of formality of women's kimono is determined mostly by the pattern of the fabric, and color. For example, winter kimonos often feature bamboo or plum blossoms to signify good luck, while fall designs may feature maple leaves and fall colors. The most formal style of kimono is plain black silk with five kamon on the chest, shoulders and back.

Typically, a man's kimono features subdued, dark color where a pattern of black, dark blues, greens, and browns are common. Men's kimonos are easier to wear, but a complete outfit usually also requires a haori half coat and hakama trousers. Men in the upper class wore silk kimonos often coloured purple, whereas those in the lower class wore less expensive cotton kimonos.

Girls' kimonos often show additional symbols for a good marriage and fertility, while boys' kimonos are usually decorated with symbols for bravery, wealth and success.

The women's kimono is traditionally made of silk, but these days they are also made in less-expensive easy-care fabrics such as rayon, linen, cotton sateen, cotton and ployester. While the silk garments may still be handwashed in the time honored manner, modern fabrics and cleaning methods have been developed that eliminate this need. Although for those seeking the fullest delight from a kimono, silk is still most desirable.

The appropriate style and color of the kimono to be worn are often chosen based upon the occasion and the person's age as well as marital status. Furisode kimonos, for example, are worn only by unmarried women. In contemporary Japanese settings, the kimono is often considered a shorthand for "the character" of the wearer.


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The kimono is the most basic term for traditional Japanese dress. A kimono is a robe shaped like a "T." The tsumugi kimono is made with woven color; a dyed kimono known as iromuji. Often, in modern kimonos, the hiyoku is simply the name for the double-sided lower half of the kimono which may be exposed to other eyes depending on how the kimono is worn. The karihimo that is worn around the hips to create the extra fold or ohashori in women's kimono is called koshihimo, literally "hip ribbon".

Traditionally, kimonos are sewn by hand; even machine-made kimonos require substantial hand-stitching. This Japanese "robe" is most often fashioned from a single bolt of fabric called a tan. Damaged kimonos can be taken apart and resewn to hide soiled areas, and those with damage below the waistline can be worn under a hakama.

Kimonos are clothing, not religion, not part of only some private club, so should be worn and enjoyed whatever way one chooses, as long as they are worn and loved and their beauty seen and enjoyed. Regular kimonos can accommodate wearers of all heights and sizes because their length and width are adjusted using an assortment of strings. Kimonos can have short or long sleeves.

Many kimonos have hand applied textile art, known as yuzen, created by several artisans: From the designer whose speciality may be outlining, or another whose speciality is shading, to the artist who applies metallic lacquer, etc.


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Antique ~ Silk ~ Women's ~ Kimono ~ 26" Long Sleeves ~ Medium ~ Vintage
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38229# JAPANESE KIMONO / VINTAGE HAORI / ABSTRACT
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38981# JAPANESE KIMONO / VINTAGE FUKURO OBI / EMBROIDERY / IRIS
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Hakama for lady's Japanese Kimono with Embroidery L1690 Purple,Gold
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36879# JAPANESE KIMONO / VINTAGE FUKURO OBI / WOVEN STREAM & FLORAL PLANTS
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3339850: JAPANESE KIMONO / ANTIQUE KIMONO / WOVEN ABSTRACT LEAVES
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38758# JAPANESE KIMONO / VINTAGE HAORI / ALL SHIBORI / MAPLE & EGASUMI PATTERN
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38809# JAPANESE KIMONO / VINTAGE HAORI / ALL SHIBORI / CLOUD & MAPLE WITH WAVE
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38687# JAPANESE KIMONO / VINTAGE KARIEBA FOR HAORI / OUTLET ITEM / WOVEN WHEEL
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1S05z80 Japanese Kimono Silk FABRIC Dark green Flying crane 63.8"
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Leggy Heidi Klum, 44, rocks short velvet kimono and knee-high boots as she steals the show at star-studded Cirque du ... - Daily Mail
Posted on Wednesday December 13, 2017


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Leggy Heidi Klum, 44, rocks short velvet kimono and knee-high boots as she steals the show at star-studded Cirque du ...
Daily Mail
Leggy Heidi Klum, 44, rocks short velvet kimono and knee-high boots as she steals the show at star-studded Cirque du Soleil premiere in LA. By Tracy Wright For Dailymail.com. Published: 03:41 EST, 13 December 2017 | Updated: 05:51 EST, 13 December 2017 ...

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The Surprising History of the Kimono - JSTOR Daily
Posted on Friday December 08, 2017


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The Surprising History of the Kimono
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Kimono, in English, means “wearing thing.” But the garment everyone associates with Japan was not always called by that name. Its long history is one of the best examples of how clothing confers a sense of identity. The first ancestor of the kimono was ...

Coca Cola, kimonos, and the beauty of city streets: artist Pam Glew - Creative Boom (blog)
Posted on Tuesday December 12, 2017


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Coca Cola, kimonos, and the beauty of city streets: artist Pam Glew
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Pam Glew creates kimonos as a symbol of “modern day armour”; bringing ideas around female identity and women's place in society into a contemporary art space through the power of clothes. Glew is famed for making art that draws on themes of “idols ...

The opening of KIMONO ROBOTO exhibition at Space O, Omotesando Hills in Tokyo from December 1st to 10th - GlobeNewswire (press release)
Posted on Monday November 27, 2017


The opening of KIMONO ROBOTO exhibition at Space O, Omotesando Hills in Tokyo from December 1st to 10th
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TOKYO, Nov. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The event will showcase a world-first collection of 13 museum-quality kimonos created by Japanese Living National Treasures and Imperial Family-appointed artisans using weaving techniques unseen in over a ...

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Odinkalu, Ras Kimono want FG to be more responsive to killing of Nigerians abroad - Premium Times
Posted on Monday December 11, 2017


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Odinkalu, Ras Kimono want FG to be more responsive to killing of Nigerians abroad
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In this photo taken Monday, March 24, 2014. Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission speaks during an interview in Lagos, Nigeria. Two generals and officials of Nigeria's feared State Security Service had to testify under ...

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Most hip-hop artistes in Nigeria are on drugs –Ras Kimono - New Telegraph Newspaper
Posted on Saturday December 09, 2017


Most hip-hop artistes in Nigeria are on drugs –Ras Kimono
New Telegraph Newspaper
In the 1990s, Ukeleke Onwubuya, popularly known as Ras Kimono's debut album, 'Under Pressure' was a big hit in the Nigerian music scene. The veteran reggae maestro takes us down memory lane as he shares his musical journey with EDWIN USOBOH and ABIOLA ...

Kimono Exhibit by Local and International Artists to Open in Tokyo - WWD
Posted on Thursday November 30, 2017


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Kimono Exhibit by Local and International Artists to Open in Tokyo
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There will also be a kimono made from fine Oshima Tsumugi silk from the island of Amami Oshima, as well as others made by highly skilled regional artisans. But more than just displaying beautiful, traditional works of art together with robots, the ...

Vlogger Tanya Burr styles scarlet kimono over Bowie tee as she enjoys Hollywood night out... after landing her first ... - Daily Mail
Posted on Friday December 01, 2017


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Vlogger Tanya Burr styles scarlet kimono over Bowie tee as she enjoys Hollywood night out... after landing her first ...
Daily Mail
She is excited to land her first movie role in Los Angeles after making her name as a fashion and beauty vlogger. And Tanya Burr showed she was every inch the social butterfly when she enjoyed dinner at American restaurant Craig's in West Hollywood on ...

Style icon or posh dressing gown? Kimono fad we're all waking up to: How Heidi Klum, Margot Robbie and Rihanna ... - Daily Mail
Posted on Tuesday November 14, 2017


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Style icon or posh dressing gown? Kimono fad we're all waking up to: How Heidi Klum, Margot Robbie and Rihanna ...
Daily Mail
They were cheap, colourful and evocative of the louche, bohemian early 70s, when the garment was last seen on stars such as David Bowie. Designers Alexander McQueen and Marni were quick to pick up on the trend. This season you can pick up a Gucci ...




Q&A: Mineko Ukai on art, tradition of kimono

"Although artistically and technically one of the most exquisite national costumes in the world, the kimono radiates its true beauty only when worn," writes Norio Yamanaka, author of The Book of Kimono. Mineko Ukai, a teacher of kimono for almost 40 years, is known for her skill in braiding and weaving the cord for the "obi"…



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