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 – Kimono 1 -

What kind of Kimono are there?
What kind of situations Kimono suit?

Kimono is the traditional costume of Japan.

Its feature is no tailoring; it is possible to be back to one piece of cloth by unthreading. (except Hakama.)

Anybody with various body styles can wear, but instead, it is hard to put on without learning a procedure because needing tips.

Young people hardly wear Kimono nowadays; there are some schools to teach how to put on Kimono.

There is only one shape of Kimono, but Kimono are divided into many kinds by its fabric, dyeing method and drawn patterns.

Each kind has a name, a rank and situations to put on.

Generally, femalefs Kimono are divided into eSome(Dyeing) no Kimonof and eOri(Weaving) no Kimonof.

Some no Kimono is the one which is drawn patterns after weaving a cloth. Its patterns are gorgeous and its rank is high.

Ori no Kimono is the one which is made with a cloth of dyed weaving yarn and it is used as a casual wear.

We speak about Some no Kimono this time.

The fabric is silk. There are some Kimono made with chemical fiber, but they are not formal.

Tomesode: The highest rank of femalefs Kimono.

It is worn by a married female; it has gorgeous drawn patterns only around hem and several family crests on the breast, the back and outside of the sleeves.

The one which base color is black is worn by only couplefs families on the wedding ceremony.

Other base color Tomesode can be used for formal parties as a highest formal dress.

Furisode: The highest rank Kimono as same as Tomesode, but only unmarried females wear it.

It is so gorgeous due to its very long sleeves and full drawn patterns. Some married females wear it today.

Homongi: High rank Kimono next to Tomesode. It has full drawn patterns.

Tsukesage: Semiformal Kimono. The rank is lower and less drawn patterns comparing to Homongi.

Iromuji: Single colored and no drawn patterns Kimono. Putting the family crests makes iIromujifs rank higher; it is often used for Tea ceremonies.

Black Iromuji with family crests is particularly called Mofuku, it is worn by families of the deceased in the funeral.

Komon: The rank is low. It can not be used for formal situations, but used as a stylish cloth.

The number of people who wear Kimono reduced after WW II, but Kimono boom has come up and young people start to wear Kimono. You may have fun for watching the person who wears Kimono in the street.

We will introduce Ori no kimono and malefs Kimono at the next issue.
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