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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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News About Kiminos

Woman Hand Sews Eclectic Kimono to Honor Her Japanese and Scottish Ancestry - My Modern Met
Posted on Wednesday October 18, 2017


My Modern Met

Woman Hand Sews Eclectic Kimono to Honor Her Japanese and Scottish Ancestry
My Modern Met
A kimono is traditionally a Japanese garment, but it has, in recent years, undergone cultural transformations. One striking way is via Western influence; for nuptials that combine elements of Japanese culture and Christian traditions, a kimono wedding ...

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In a growing trend, brides are transforming Japanese kimonos into wedding dresses - Hawaii News Now
Posted on Wednesday October 18, 2017


In a growing trend, brides are transforming Japanese kimonos into wedding dresses
Hawaii News Now
A growing trend in Japan is putting a modern spin on the traditional kimono – and it's catching on in Hawaii. More and more brides have been transforming their kimonos – traditional Japanese garments usually worn for important festivals or formal ...

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Actress recounts creepy "private audition" with silk robe-clad Steven ... - AV Club
Posted on Saturday October 14, 2017


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Actress recounts creepy "private audition" with silk robe-clad Steven ...
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The recent mountain of allegations of sexual harassment and assault levied against Harvey Weinstein appear to be having a knock-on effect in Hollywood, ...

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Steven Seagal, a Silk Kimono and a "Private Rehearsal": One Actress Remembers Her Nightmare Audition - Hollywood Reporter
Posted on Friday October 13, 2017


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Steven Seagal, a Silk Kimono and a "Private Rehearsal": One Actress Remembers Her Nightmare Audition
Hollywood Reporter
When they arrived, Seagal, then 43, answered the door in a silk kimono. Guerrero — who first shared her story publicly on Thursday's Inside Edition — spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the nightmare audition. Was it the Harvey Weinstein news that ...

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Kimono demonstrations - Napoleon Northwest Signal
Posted on Tuesday October 17, 2017


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Kimono demonstrations
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Kerry Porter of Ohio Kimono held a demonstration at the Napoleon Public Library Monday. She discussed the history of the garment in Japan and the differences in type, such as casual and formal.

Princess Mary wears kimono-inspired dress in Japan tour - Daily Mail - Daily Mail
Posted on Tuesday October 10, 2017


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Princess Mary wears kimono-inspired dress in Japan tour - Daily Mail
Daily Mail
Princess Mary and Prince Frederik attended an exhibition in Japan during their tour, where Princess Mary's kimono-inspired dress divided the fashion critics.

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Busty or boobless? Japanese Twitter debates which makes for more beautiful kimono anime art - SoraNews24
Posted on Friday October 13, 2017


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Busty or boobless? Japanese Twitter debates which makes for more beautiful kimono anime art
SoraNews24
Since many anime franchises depend heavily on their characters looking cool, fashionable, and attractive, there's a pressure to draw kimono clad women with their obi tied lower, cinching in the material around the waist and creating a shelf for the ...

Kyoto's fox bride wedding kimono makeovers let you indulge in cultural cosplay - SoraNews24
Posted on Thursday October 12, 2017


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Kyoto's fox bride wedding kimono makeovers let you indulge in cultural cosplay
SoraNews24
Like many photo studios in Kyoto, Studio Kokoro offers plans in which customers can don the kimono of a maiko (apprentice geisha) and have their hair and makeup done in the style of the traditional cultural entertainers. But Kokoro also gives clients ...

Make fashion statement in Kimono - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)
Posted on Friday October 13, 2017


NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)

Make fashion statement in Kimono
NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)
For quite some time now, the Kimono has become the toast of men and women all over the world as it is made from different types of fabrics like silk, lace and even our own Ankara. Kimono comes in different colours, sizes and shapes. It can be in form ...

Focusing The Lens on Kyoto Kimono Yuzen Co.,Ltd. (TSE:7615) Shares - Rockville Register
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Focusing The Lens on Kyoto Kimono Yuzen Co.,Ltd. (TSE:7615) Shares
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Kyoto Kimono Yuzen Co.,Ltd. (TSE:7615) has a Piotroski F-Score of 6 at the time of writing. The F-Score may help discover companies with strengthening balance sheets. The score may also be used to spot the weak performers. Joseph Piotroski developed ...

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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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