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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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Yukata Women's Gorgeous Japanese Traditional Brocade Plum Blossom Kimono Robe,
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JAPANESE Bright Cotton Yukata Long KIMONO ROBE RED w Turquoise GOLD Peonies
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JAPANESE Cotton Yukata Long KIMONO ROBE White with Purple MAPLE LEAVES Print
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Brand New Silk Kimono Japanese Dress Home Decor Pink Flower
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@@Vintage/Japanese tomesode kimono silk fabric/chrysanthemum A800
Posted on Sunday June 18, 2017

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81528# JAPANESE KIMONO / ANTIQUE CLOTH FOR KIMONO / WOVEN GRID
Posted on Sunday June 18, 2017

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@@Antique/Japanese silk kimono fabric/Meisen/ikat/leaves F413
Posted on Sunday June 18, 2017

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81512# JAPANESE KIMONO / ANTIQUE BOLT FOR KIMONO / TRADITIONAL PATTERN
Posted on Sunday June 18, 2017

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Vinatge Japanese Kimono Men's silk Nagagi Large Long size
Posted on Monday June 19, 2017

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Japanese Korean Kimono Vintage 1950s White Embroidered
Posted on Monday June 19, 2017

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NWT JAPANESE Cotton Yukata Long KIMONO ROBE Black w Big Purple & Pink Flowers
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81334# JAPANESE KIMONO / VINTAGE BOLT FOR KIMONO / OUTLET ITEM / TSUMUGI / WOVEN
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@@35cmx96cm Antique/Japanese silk kimono fabric/Meisen/ikat/chrysanthemums F518
Posted on Sunday June 18, 2017

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Japanese 100% Silk Kimono made by Excellent Sei
Posted on Sunday June 18, 2017

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Antique ~ Silk ~ Women's ~ Long ~ Kimono ~ 26" Long Sleeves ~ Medium ~ Vintage
Posted on Tuesday June 20, 2017

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NWOT JAPANESE Cotton Yukata Long KIMONO ROBE DEEP PURPLE with Big White Flowers
Posted on Saturday June 17, 2017

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News About Kiminos

Sienna Miller in kimono dress at Farms Not Factories charity banquet - hellomagazine.com
Posted on Friday June 23, 2017


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Sienna Miller in kimono dress at Farms Not Factories charity banquet
hellomagazine.com
Sienna Miller looked stunning in a floor-length kimono dress while attending a charity banquet for Farms Not Factories on Thursday night. The actress, who is ...

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Sienna Miller looks glowing in a chic Oriental-inspired kimono dress as she throws a playful arm around Mick Jagger ... - Daily Mail
Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017


Daily Mail

Sienna Miller looks glowing in a chic Oriental-inspired kimono dress as she throws a playful arm around Mick Jagger ...
Daily Mail
And Sienna Miller stayed true to her sartorial roots on Thursday night as she attended the Farms Not Factories charity banquet in a silky kimono dress. Ever the social butterfly, the 35-year-old actress also mingled with Mick Jagger at London's ...

Louise Redknapp oozes sophistication in slinky kimono with all-black ensemble as she joins Judge Rinder and Strictly ... - Daily Mail
Posted on Saturday June 17, 2017


Daily Mail

Louise Redknapp oozes sophistication in slinky kimono with all-black ensemble as she joins Judge Rinder and Strictly ...
Daily Mail
Showing off her endless legs, Louise sported skin-tight black trousers and a simple top beneath her white kimono with black patterns. Adding a subtle touch of colour to the near-monochrome ensemble, she wore a pair of strappy red sandals with a dainty ...

Japanese company creates new “Kimono Pyjamas” designed to be worn indoors and outdoors - SoraNews24
Posted on Tuesday June 20, 2017


Japanese company creates new “Kimono Pyjamas” designed to be worn indoors and outdoors
SoraNews24
While kimono and yukata are obviously designed to be worn outside, the lightweight, airy style of the robes make them a popular design for sleepwear too. However, the yukata-style nighties you'll come across in Japanese stores generally come in ...

Crowdfunding Begins for Comfy KIMONO Pajamas - PR Newswire (press release)
Posted on Monday June 19, 2017


PR Newswire (press release)

Crowdfunding Begins for Comfy KIMONO Pajamas
PR Newswire (press release)
OSAKA, Japan, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BIBILAB, the idea goods brand of be-s Co., Ltd (Location: Higashi-Osaka City, Osaka; President: Kyo Ooue) announces the beginning of its Comfy KIMONO Pajamas crowdfunding campaign on June 19, 2017, ...

We Want This Dreamy Summer Kimono From Zara - Jet Magazine (blog)
Posted on Monday June 12, 2017


Jet Magazine (blog)

We Want This Dreamy Summer Kimono From Zara
Jet Magazine (blog)
When was the last time you thought about wearing a kimono? The beauty about Zara is they know how to appropriate a design so that it is fool proof for anyone to wear… and we're loving their Hawaiian, beach – friendly kimono.

The Wests go East! Kim Kardashian flaunts her cleavage in sultry kimono dress while visiting Tokyo with Kanye - Daily Mail
Posted on Sunday June 11, 2017


Daily Mail

The Wests go East! Kim Kardashian flaunts her cleavage in sultry kimono dress while visiting Tokyo with Kanye
Daily Mail
Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian are celebrating his 40th birthday with a little globetrotting. Following up last week's birthday trip to Bahamas with their kids North and Saint, the Good Life rapper and his wife jetted off to Tokyo, Japan. Kim ...

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10 kimono jackets that are perfect for your weekend wardrobe - VOGUE India
Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017


VOGUE India

10 kimono jackets that are perfect for your weekend wardrobe
VOGUE India
Kimono jackets are to 2017 what bomber jackets were to 2016. Fresh off the wave of pyjama dressing are these coats that are not too far from lounge robes. With orient-inspired detailing—think Chinese button knots, storks and an abundance of florals, ...

Kimono-wearing technique of 'waso' urged for UNESCO heritage listing - The Japan Times
Posted on Monday May 29, 2017


The Japan Times

Kimono-wearing technique of 'waso' urged for UNESCO heritage listing
The Japan Times
Ten Japanese groups engaged in kimono-related activities Monday called on the government to apply to have waso, the technique for dressing in the traditional attire, put on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The Japan Kimono League, ...

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Why a printed kimono is the stylish alternative cover-up for any summer occasion - Telegraph.co.uk
Posted on Sunday June 04, 2017


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Why a printed kimono is the stylish alternative cover-up for any summer occasion
Telegraph.co.uk
Japonisme wasn't one of the biggest trends at the s/s 2017 shows, but it's been spreading across the season like a particularly vigorous species of cherry blossom. Designers Dries Van Noten, Valentino and Loewe incorporated kimono-like fabrics or ...




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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