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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 METALLIC GOLD EMBROIDERED UCHIKAKE WEDDING KIMONO
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Vintage Japanese linen kimono
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Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabric - Crane
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Vintage Japanese Kimono Fabric - Bird
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Japanese Vintage Silk Kimono, Fun Retro Abstract Pattern, Excellent Condition
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Yukata Women's Gorgeous Japanese Traditional Satin Kimono Robe Royal Blue
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Unique White Silk Japanese Uchikake Wedding Kimono with Standing
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41657# JAPANESE KIMONO SILK / OBIJIME KUMIHIMO
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News About Kiminos

1 trend 3 styles: Kimono jackets - Daily Mail
Posted on Wednesday April 26, 2017


Daily Mail

1 trend 3 styles: Kimono jackets
Daily Mail
1 trend 3 styles: Kimono jackets are perfect for your holiday wardrobe. Opt for a cotton, jacquard jacket woven with contrasting zig-zag and houndstooth patterns from net-a-porter; Or a long sleeve denim jacket featuring a subtle floral design that has ...

F-Score Review on Kyoto Kimono Yuzen Co.,Ltd. (TSE:7615) Shares - Rockville Register
Posted on Thursday April 27, 2017


F-Score Review on Kyoto Kimono Yuzen Co.,Ltd. (TSE:7615) Shares
Rockville Register
The Piotroski F-Score of Kyoto Kimono Yuzen Co.,Ltd. (TSE:7615) is 5. The Piotroski F-Score is a scoring system between 1-9 that determines a firm's financial strength. The score helps determine if a company's stock is valuable or not. A score of nine ...

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Robe trip: why Kimonos are the jacket to covet right now - Evening Standard
Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017


Evening Standard

Robe trip: why Kimonos are the jacket to covet right now
Evening Standard
Once the preserve of style peacocks who holiday in Tahiti and wax lyrical about the merits of yak's milk, the kimono is now courting a new set of admirers who count their Stan Smiths among their best friends and rarely leave the safe confines of Zone 2.

In bloom! Kelly Rowland flashes cleavage as she wows in emerald and white kimono at Beverly Hills luncheon - Daily Mail
Posted on Thursday April 20, 2017


In bloom! Kelly Rowland flashes cleavage as she wows in emerald and white kimono at Beverly Hills luncheon
Daily Mail
And one week later, Kelly Rowland stepped out in a colorful ensemble for the Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai Annual Spring Luncheon in Beverly Hills. The 36-year-old singer wowed in an emerald and white patterned kimono with a low-cut cream top and ...

Sofia Richie is chic in kimono after partying at Coachella - Daily Mail
Posted on Thursday April 20, 2017


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Sofia Richie is chic in kimono after partying at Coachella
Daily Mail
The beautiful star was last seen jetting out of Coachella in a private helicopter after partying with friends including pop princess Rita Ora, 26, and Poppy Delevingne, 30. Sofia has in the past refused to discuss her love life, in particular rumours ...

The Social Life of Kimono: Japanese Fashion Past and Present, by Sheila Cliffe - Times Higher Education (THE)
Posted on Wednesday April 19, 2017


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The Social Life of Kimono: Japanese Fashion Past and Present, by Sheila Cliffe
Times Higher Education (THE)
Two main themes run through Sheila Cliffe's delightful and comprehensive feast of kimono cultural knowledge. In the first, she sets out to dispel the idea that wearing a kimono is a relatively unchanging Japanese “tradition”, bound by strict rules and ...

Katherine Jenkins is showstopping in kimono in West End - Daily Mail
Posted on Friday April 21, 2017


Daily Mail

Katherine Jenkins is showstopping in kimono in West End
Daily Mail
She has received rave reviews for her turn as leading lady Julie Jordan in popular West End musical Carousel. And Katherine Jenkins looked showstopping after another triumphant performance as she greeted fans at the stage door at the London Coliseum ...

'The Social Life of Kimono': Innovation faces tradition in the fight to keep kimono relevant - The Japan Times
Posted on Saturday April 15, 2017


The Japan Times

'The Social Life of Kimono': Innovation faces tradition in the fight to keep kimono relevant
The Japan Times
Sheila Cliffe's passion is for Japanese kimono; she wears it every day and is a fierce advocate for its future. Her manifesto is outlined in a new book, “The Social Life of Kimono: Japanese Fashion Past and Present.” The work is aimed at an academic ...

Kimono, symbol of Japanese fashion - PanARMENIAN.Net
Posted on Tuesday April 18, 2017


Kimono, symbol of Japanese fashion
PanARMENIAN.Net
Originally, "kimono" was the Japanese word for clothing. But in more recent years, the word has been used to refer specifically to traditional Japanese clothing. Kimonos as we know them today came into being during the Heian period (794-1192). Nowadays ...

Opening Ceremony's Reversible Silk Kimono Makes the Perfect Summer Outerwear Style - HYPEBAE
Posted on Thursday April 20, 2017


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Opening Ceremony's Reversible Silk Kimono Makes the Perfect Summer Outerwear Style
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Summer is right around the corner, which means it's time to trade your warm winter coats for easy, lightweight jackets. For those who're searching for the perfect outerwear style for the warmer months ahead, look no further than Opening Ceremony's ...




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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