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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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Vintage Japanese Kimono Peacock Embroidered Robe Geisha Cosplay Full Length
Posted on Sunday February 18, 2018

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Japanese kimono robe - long 56" - blue flowers - 100% cotton
Posted on Thursday February 01, 2018

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Vintage Japanese Kimono
Posted on Sunday February 18, 2018

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vintage rayon Japanese kimono
Posted on Sunday February 18, 2018

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Japanese Men's 61"L Kimono Yukata Black Cotton/ MADE IN JAPAN
Posted on Thursday September 10, 2015

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JAPANESE KIMONO SILK HAORI / MOUNTAIN & FOREST / SILK FABRIC
Posted on Sunday February 18, 2018

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JAPANESE KIMONO COTTON ANTIQUE SWORDMAN PANTS / VINTAGE INDIGO BLUE
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JAPANESE KIMONO COTTON BORO ANTIQUE PANTS / VINTAGE INDIGO BLUE
Posted on Sunday February 18, 2018

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JAPANESE KIMONO COTTON BORO ANTIQUE SASHIKO SWORDMAN JACKET /VINTAGE INDIGO BLUE
Posted on Sunday February 18, 2018

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JAPANESE KIMONO SILK HAORI / PURPLE / SILK FABRIC
Posted on Sunday February 18, 2018

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JAPANESE KIMONO COTTON BORO ANTIQUE SASHIKO SWORDMAN JACKET /VINTAGE INDIGO BLUE
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JAPANESE KIMONO COTTON SASHIKO SWORDMAN JACKET / BOYS SIZE / VINTAGE INDIGO BLUE
Posted on Sunday February 18, 2018

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Japanese Kimono Hanger Haori Obi Yukata Hakama Japan Coat Expansion Extension
Posted on Monday April 17, 2017

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1G05z40 Japanese Kimono Silk FABRIC Black Crane, Mums 44.9"
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JAPANESE KIMONO COTTON BORO ANTIQUE SASHIKO SWORDMAN JACKET /VINTAGE INDIGO BLUE
Posted on Sunday February 18, 2018

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JAPANESE KIMONO SILK HAORI / GORGEOUS EMBROIDERED / BLACK / SILK FABRIC
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Primark is selling a gorgeous new PJ and kimono set… and prices start at £5 - The Sun
Posted on Thursday February 15, 2018


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Primark is selling a gorgeous new PJ and kimono set… and prices start at £5
The Sun
PRIMARK is selling a gorgeous new nightwear line you won't mind your crush seeing you in, and prices start at £5. The sexy set includes a black cami top (£6), matching shorts (£5) and rose print kimono (£16). Sweet PJs and lots of treats, @miss_gunner ...

Coming-of-Age ceremony held for victims of bankrupt kimono rental firm - The Japan Times
Posted on Monday February 12, 2018


The Japan Times

Coming-of-Age ceremony held for victims of bankrupt kimono rental firm
The Japan Times
8 — this year's Coming-of-Age Day — forcing many clients to abandon plans to wear kimono at ceremonies marking what is typically a once-in-a-lifetime event. The firm is now in the process of bankruptcy liquidation. Together with their relatives and ...

President of kimono rental firm apologizes - NHK WORLD
Posted on Friday January 26, 2018


President of kimono rental firm apologizes
NHK WORLD
The president of kimono retailing and rental firm Harenohi has apologized for failing to fulfill orders on a holiday earlier this month. Yoichiro Shinozaki had been unreachable ever since his shops didn't open on Coming of Age Day on January 8th. He ...

Plus Fashion Find: Eileen Fisher Denim Kimono Jacket at Bloomingdales - PLUS Model Magazine
Posted on Friday February 16, 2018


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Plus Fashion Find: Eileen Fisher Denim Kimono Jacket at Bloomingdales
PLUS Model Magazine
The kimono has been elevated with colorblock denim for a must-have style for Spring. This Eileen Fisher Denim Kimono Jacket at Bloomingdales has a gorgeous open-front silhouette with comfortable dropped shoulders and long sleeves. Has front slit ...

Victims of kimono fiasco redressed, sail into adulthood - Asahi Shimbun
Posted on Monday February 05, 2018


Asahi Shimbun

Victims of kimono fiasco redressed, sail into adulthood
Asahi Shimbun
4 for victims of the Harenohi debacle, which left many young women all at sea with no special kimono to wear on Coming-of-Age Day. Harenohi, a kimono sales and rental company based in Yokohama, shut down outlets on Jan. 8, the day in question. The ...

Chief of bankrupt kimono rental firm Harenohi apologizes to customers - The Japan Times
Posted on Saturday January 27, 2018


The Japan Times

Chief of bankrupt kimono rental firm Harenohi apologizes to customers
The Japan Times
Of the company's 1,600 creditors, 1,300 are clients whose estimated losses of over ¥300 million are not included in the current tally for liabilities, the lawyer said. Shinozaki said that Harenohi's average sales per customer of furisode (long sleeve ...
Head of ruined kimono business faces the music and says sorryAsahi Shimbun

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Let's discuss the Harenohi Coming-of-Age Day kimono disaster - The Japan Times
Posted on Monday January 22, 2018


The Japan Times

Let's discuss the Harenohi Coming-of-Age Day kimono disaster
The Japan Times
The hotel had to ask another service provider to send staff to help the roughly 100 women who had brought kimono from home, but the rest weren't able to wear the traditional garment, according to a hotel official. Staff were absent from the shop in ...

Ras Kimono is still under pressure - Music In Africa
Posted on Friday February 02, 2018


Music In Africa

Ras Kimono is still under pressure
Music In Africa
I tell him that nowadays an artist can record one single and blow but success is difficult for a reggae act. He agrees that in his prime artists worked harder, but says reggae thrives. “I just returned from Abuja, brotherman,” he says. “Recently I have ...

The €15 Penneys kimono that'll make your spring wardrobe - Her.ie
Posted on Friday February 09, 2018


Her.ie

The €15 Penneys kimono that'll make your spring wardrobe
Her.ie
We all need a wardrobe refresh at this time of year but it can be tricky to figure out what to pick up when the weather is still so chilly. Layering is your friend when you don't know what to go for so we absolutely adore versatile pieces that you can ...




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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