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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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Women's Size XXL Red Silk Kimono 2X Robe
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Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabric - Shibori
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JK 153 Vintage Japanese Silk Kimono Houmongi Blue Floral
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Vintage Kimono Fabric Colorful Flowers
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Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabric - Tiger
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Vintage Short Kimono Silk Purple Hand Made Japan
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VTG Cotton Japanese Kimono Jacket
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Vintage Kimono Silk Fabric Blue Abstract
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JAPANESE HANHABA OBI for Kimono, Yukata DARK PINK+BLACK woman BUTTERFLY
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Vintage Japanese Silk kimono Embroidered Designs
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Black/red, embroidered Kimono with cranes, flowers - beautiful colors! Vintage?
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Japanese Vintage Traditional Obi Kimono Satin Brocade Sash Belt~Multicolor~EXC!
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Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabric - Butterfly
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JK 156 Blue Vintage Japanese Silk Kimono Houmongi Grid and Flowers
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SILK FURISODE Women KIMONO/mum flower Robe Dress Geisha/Japanese Vintage Antique
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Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabric - Dragon
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News About Kiminos

Young Thug Wears a Kimono Made of Trash Bags in Adidas Originals Campaign - WWD
Posted on Friday August 11, 2017


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Young Thug Wears a Kimono Made of Trash Bags in Adidas Originals Campaign
WWD
Dupree says Young Thug was entirely into the kimono. “He was like, 'It's dope, let's do it,'” he says. Young Thug is known to attract attention for his personal style, which, as de Gersigny mentions, often defies traditional notions of gender dressing ...
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Kelly Rowland kimono and playsuit leggy display Beautycon | Daily ... - Daily Mail
Posted on Saturday August 12, 2017


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Kelly Rowland kimono and playsuit leggy display Beautycon | Daily ...
Daily Mail
The 36-year-old songstress perfectly executed wearing a patterned kimono and playsuit at Beautycon 2017, held at the Los Angeles convention center.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones wows fans in vintage kimono on Instagram - hellomagazine.com
Posted on Saturday August 12, 2017


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Catherine Zeta-Jones wows fans in vintage kimono on Instagram
hellomagazine.com
Catherine Zeta-Jones proved she is a stylish mum as she poses in gorgeous vintage kimono on Instagram.

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Say yes to the cool kimono trend - Irish Times
Posted on Thursday August 10, 2017


Irish Times

Say yes to the cool kimono trend
Irish Times
Kimonos have been a trend all summer, but some of the most striking Irish versions are those designed by the Northern Irish stylist and illustrator Sara O'Neill called Éadach. Children of Lir kimona (€825) from Northern Irish stylist and illustrator ...

World kimono project aimed to revitalize crafts has three years to go - The Japan Times
Posted on Sunday August 06, 2017


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World kimono project aimed to revitalize crafts has three years to go
The Japan Times
A project to create kimono representing 196 countries is in progress, taking the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as an opportunity to spread the wonders of Japan's master craftsmanship across the country and overseas. With the output of ...

Robert Rand - Tablet Magazine
Posted on Wednesday August 02, 2017


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Robert Rand
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A woman, in a flash, was branded forever with the crosshatch pattern of a summertime kimono, the consequence of gamma rays and simple science: dark colors absorb heat, but light colors reflect. Black stripes of kimono fabric took in thermal radiation ...

7 cool kimono jackets and how to wear them - VOGUE India
Posted on Monday August 14, 2017


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7 cool kimono jackets and how to wear them
VOGUE India
Officially the ultimate piece to be seen in right now, the kimono jacket isn't going anywhere. Spotted in different versions each month through the year, this stylish robe style jacket has been endorsed by some the best street style stars and ...

Gerald McCoy says kimono ensemble inspired by trip to Japan and Hong Kong - ESPN (blog)
Posted on Friday July 28, 2017


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Gerald McCoy says kimono ensemble inspired by trip to Japan and Hong Kong
ESPN (blog)
He took it up a notch this year, arriving in a bright red kimono, which was inspired by a recent trip to Japan and Hong Kong. The kimono featured a large embroidered dragon on the back. McCoy paired it with a headband and a bright green fan with a ...

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Simba, kimono sculptures, a beer fest and a homegrown slasher flick - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Posted on Thursday August 10, 2017


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Simba, kimono sculptures, a beer fest and a homegrown slasher flick
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It sounds like a cliché, but this coming weekend may truly offer something for everyone. If your child is obsessed with “The Lion King” but still lacks the attention span to sit through the full-length stage production, there's “The Lion King Jr ...

The Crimson Kimono - slantmagazine
Posted on Saturday August 05, 2017


The Crimson Kimono
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In The Crimson Kimono, Japanese-American detective Joe Kojaku (James Shigeta) eats an apple while questioning a man associated with a murdered stripper, Sugar Torch (Gloria Pall). Halfway through their conversation, Joe reaches into his jacket pocket ...




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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