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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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Vibrant Red Silk Japanese Uchikake Wedding Kimono w/ Mandarin Ducks
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Vtg Japanese Kimono Furisode Silk Robe Collectible Pistachio Green Embroidered
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Vintage Hand Sewn Poly Blend Japanese Kimono from Occupied Japan WWII DE
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VINTAGE JAPANESE METALLIC GOLD EMBROIDERED UCHIKAKE WEDDING KIMONO
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Japanese Kimono Yukata Men's 58"L Navy Blue Diamond Pattern/ MADE JAPAN
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Hand Stitched Traditional Silk Japanese Kimono - Adult One Size - Pink - New
Posted on Tuesday February 21, 2017

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JAPANESE TRADITIONAL SILK MOMPE HAKAMA VINTAGE BORO HANTEN HAPI KIMONO PANTS
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Hand Painted Japanese Silk Wedding Furisode Kakeshita Kimono w/ Embroidery
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Gorgeous Vintage Japanese Wedding Kimono Uchikake Heavily Embroidered Asian Art
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Ceremonial Silk Red to Green Japanese Uchikake Wedding Kimono w/ Embroidery
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vintage white yukata kimono, purple flowers, cotton, lined
Posted on Monday March 20, 2017

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Vintage Japanese Wedding Bridal Kimono Uchikake Embroidered Crane Dress
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Magnificent Japanese Kakeshita Wedding Furisode Kimono w/ Yuzen
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Traditional Japanese Silk Uchikake Kimono Embroidered Wedding Robe/Gown Crane
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News About Kiminos

News in Graphics: Xamarin Kimono, Google Guetzli and Draco - InfoQ.com
Posted on Friday March 17, 2017


Mashable

News in Graphics: Xamarin Kimono, Google Guetzli and Draco
InfoQ.com
Xamarin, a Microsoft subsidiary, has open sourced Kimono Designer, a tool for graphically editing SkiaSharp objects that can be converted later to code for the targeted platforms. SkiaSharp is a 2D API for .NET based on the Skia graphics library, a ...
Research Blog: Announcing Guetzli: A New Open Source JPEG EncoderGoogle Research Blog
GitHub - google/guetzli: Perceptual JPEG encoderGitHub
GitHub - google/butteraugli: butteraugli estimates the psychovisual difference between two imagesGitHub

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Kyoto-based kimono company releases stylish new looks for men in their spring collection - RocketNews24
Posted on Wednesday March 08, 2017


RocketNews24

Kyoto-based kimono company releases stylish new looks for men in their spring collection
RocketNews24
... has just introduced their newest line of samurai-inspired fashion in their 2017 spring collection. The line-up includes 13 different looks, with hakama pants, short-sleeved kimono kosode, and various shawls, hoods, and accessories to compliment ...

Kimono-clad girls set high-water mark for festival - Asahi Shimbun
Posted on Monday March 20, 2017


Asahi Shimbun

Kimono-clad girls set high-water mark for festival
Asahi Shimbun
Girls and their mothers enjoy the traditional water parade in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, on March 19. (Video taken by Chisato Yokota). Photo/Illutration Girls wave their hands on a “donkobune” boat in a water parade held in Yanagawa, Fukuoka ...

Louise Redknapp dazzles in stylish white kimono as she joins dashing husband Jamie Redknapp after star-studded gala - Daily Mail
Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2017


Daily Mail

Louise Redknapp dazzles in stylish white kimono as she joins dashing husband Jamie Redknapp after star-studded gala
Daily Mail
So it came as no surprise to see Louise Redknapp looked sensational as she attended a Gala Performance at the Dominion Theatre in Camden, London, on Wednesday night before heading home with her husband Jamie later on. Proving that less is more, ...

From Naginata to Onigiri - The Rafu Shimpo
Posted on Sunday March 26, 2017


The Rafu Shimpo

From Naginata to Onigiri
The Rafu Shimpo
Yukiko Ishii (left), a wardrobe and costume designer and kimono stylist for movies, commercials and events, gave a talk about kimono, yukata, and the unique kimono dyeing process called kaizome, which achieves dye effects from chemical reactions.

The kimono doesn't look like this anymore - Star2.com
Posted on Wednesday March 01, 2017


Star2.com

The kimono doesn't look like this anymore
Star2.com
The kimono, in myriad iterations from its origins in ancient Japan to its embrace by today's top fashion designers, took centre stage at Paris's Guimet museum. While the once ubiquitous garment is now reserved for special occasions and official events ...

Today's youths are afraid to say the truth —Kimono - NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)
Posted on Thursday March 02, 2017


NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)

Today's youths are afraid to say the truth —Kimono
NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)
Asked why nobody is calling the attention of the present leaders to the hardships Nigerians are going through through revolutionary songs, Kimono retorted: “The youths of today are afraid to say the truth. But I and I, who play reggae music with Orits ...

Clever Kimonoket combines the style of a kimono with the coziness of a sleeveless blanket - RocketNews24
Posted on Tuesday February 28, 2017


RocketNews24

Clever Kimonoket combines the style of a kimono with the coziness of a sleeveless blanket
RocketNews24
While regular kimono are usually made of cotton or silk, the Kimonoket is sewn from terrycloth produced in Ehime Prefecture's Imabari City, Japan's leading towel producer. The result promises to be soft, warm, and lightweight. That last point is ...

Paris show traces kimono from prim tradition to glam fashion - Malay Mail Online
Posted on Saturday February 25, 2017


Malay Mail Online

Paris show traces kimono from prim tradition to glam fashion
Malay Mail Online
Kimonos created by Japanese fashion designer Junko Koshino are on display during the inauguration of the exhibition 'Kimono - Au bonheur des dames' at the Guimet museum. — AFP picPARIS, Feb 25 — The kimono, in myriad iterations from its origins in ...

Ready Your Kimono: Sakura Season's Back At Gardens By The Bay - Weekender Singapore
Posted on Friday March 03, 2017


Weekender Singapore

Ready Your Kimono: Sakura Season's Back At Gardens By The Bay
Weekender Singapore
With Spring comes the wave of pretty yet fickle cherry blossoms, which seem to favour cool climates and quick death. If you aren't able to catch the cherry trees in bloom elsewhere around the world, here's some comfort: Sakura season is back at Gardens ...




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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