– Kimono 1 -
What kind of Kimono are there?
What kind of situations Kimono suit?
is the traditional costume of Japan.
Its feature is no tailoring;
it is possible to be back to one piece of cloth by unthreading.
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
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, female’s Kimono are divided into ‘Some(Dyeing)
no Kimono’ and ‘Ori(Weaving) no Kimono’.
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
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.
highest rank of female’s 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.
one which base color is black is worn by only couple’s families on
the wedding ceremony.
Other base color Tomesode can
be used for formal parties as a highest formal dress.
highest rank Kimono as same as Tomesode, but only unmarried females
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.
Semiformal Kimono. The rank is lower and less drawn patterns
comparing to Homongi.
colored and no drawn patterns Kimono. Putting the family crests
makes iIromuji’s 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
Komon: The rank is
low. It can not be used for formal situations, but used as a stylish
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 male’s Kimono at the next issue.