1.How do I wear
There are many rules to wear kimono in a traditional way. For
example, married women should wear shorter sleeve kimono, or some kimono
should have obi with appropriate bows.
To wear a kimono in a
complietely traditional way, here are the list of what you will need(for
women's kimono attire):
- Susoyoke--Half slip
- Nagajuban(Juban)--Full-length under kimono
- Han eri--Half
- Obi ita--Obi
Please do not go away
! This is the traditional way but may be 70% of Japanese women do not know
what to do, even if these things are placed in front of them.
it is ideal to have all the items IF you would like to try the traditonal
style. Actually there are kimono dressing classes and people have to learn
how to wear kimono and tie obi in order to be able to wear kimono(formal)
properly. Brides needs to be dressed by a couple of professionals at the
wedding and many cases the guests need them, too unless the relatives or
the friends know how to do it.
However, recently there are many
`convenient' products which makes us easy to wear kimono. For example,
`easy collar' or `pre-tied obi'. Using these helpful things, we can wear
kimono with much ease. Also, there are there are many people who enjoy
kimono with their own way in Japan. Some people wear their grand mothers'
kimono (or even older kimono) with their own style. They are revaluating
the unique designs and high-quality textiles and inventing their own way
to enjoy kimono in many occasions.
Rules exist but at the same time, it
is very happy to see more people enjoy wearing kimono, especially `old'
Would you like to enjoy kimono? The least thing you will
need is kimono & obi! (If you have a nice sash belt, obi won't be
You can add other things if you like. To prevent the
kimono from sweat, collar and juban are preferable. We have seen so many
wonderful way of kimono wearing through our customers and we are so
impressed and very very happy to see them. Each person looks great and
beautiful in kimono and it was the most precious discovery for us through
We hope you will visit `Enjoy
will see wonderful kimono style and will want to wear kimono right
*We have made and are selling origainal DVD 'Kimono Dressing with Yuka. You can lear how to dress yukata and kimono formally with this DVD. Please check the detail information here. Here is the sample movie of yukata part.
does a sizing work?4. What is the difference:men's kimono & women's
The items we offer in our shop is
Kimono is basically a plain-patterned garment
which is worn by laying right and left section one on top of another in
front. Also kimono is typically folded over at the waist to adjust the
wearer's height. Therefore most of the kimono and furisode will fit woman
between sizes 4-14. Haori is not meant to close in front, so you can
consider haori as free size. Sleeves tend to be short by Western
standards, but even for Japanese, sleeves are often short. Kimono are made
for Japanese figure, and antique kimono are obviously smaller. I've seen
antique uchikake, the ornate bride's costume, exhibited and was surprised
to see how tiny it was.
If kimono is worn as a house coat for your
relaxing time, or a coat worn over a dress or pants, most of them can be
used by anyone.
3. How do I clean my kimono and obi?
For each kimono's textile is quite different, using
variety of techniques as handpaintings, tye-dyeing, embroidering and
brocade. there is no standard method of washing. In addtion, some vintage
fabric is not strong enough for the machine wahing.
I try hand washing
by just soaking the item alone in cleaning water and pressing it gently.
Spin dry lightly and dry it by hanging at the place with no direct
sunlight or in thelow heat dryer. When ironing is needed, there should be
a thin fabric before iron. Some work perfectly, but some wrinkle terribly,
so I don't recommend it. To get a professional help on cleaning may be the
Obi is not made to wash.
Men's kimono are much subdued in colors and designs. The
most clear dfference is women's kimono has opening in the sleeves, while
kimono openings are sewn. The shapes of the bottom of the sleeves
also have the difference--women's kimono sleeves have mild curve while
men's kimono sleeeves are square shaped.
You may know the lining
textile of women's haori often has lovely patterns, but it is amazing how
much work is done in the lining of the men's haori. By seeing the right
side only, most of the men's haori look alike(textile itself may be quite
different), but regarding the lining, you will be surprised by its variety
of work and stunning designs.
5.Are there any books
about kimono ( history, textile and kimono wearintg directions ) ?
Here are the books about kimono written in English:
To give you the idea of kimono in general--
The Book of
Kimono / The Complete Guide to Style and Wear
Imperatore & Paul Maclardy
A Schiffer Book for Designers &
by Helen Benton
Tuttle(Kodansha or Weatherhill imprimatur)
To make a
kimono for yourself--
MAKE YOUR OWN JAPANESE CLOTHES
To learn about textiles and designs of
The Ultimate SASHIKO SOURCEBOOK
by Susan Briscoe
David & Charles
Textile Art of Japan
by Sunny Yang, Rochelle M.
Design with Japanese Obi
Wiltshire & Ann Whitshire
Charles E. Tuttle Company
*It is full
of obi display hint with beautiful photos.
Japanese Costume and
by Seiroku Noma
Heibonsha series on Japanese
review by Mr Jaxo Nobori
It has seen a number of printings, so
several editions are readily available on the 'used' book market. It deals
mostly with Noh costume tradition and Momoyama/Genroku
by Liza Dalby
review by Mr Jaxon
This is the most recent (and arguably the best). She is a
cultural anthropologist by training, who studied the geisha of Kyoto
in-depth and actually hired-out as one for a period of time. Besides
writing a book on her experiences called "Geisha", she has also written a
fictionalized autobiography of "Murasaki Shikibu", the authoress of Genji
Monogatari / The Tale of Genji
SYMBOLS OF JAPAN
SNOW, WAVE, PINE
by Sadao Hibi and Motoji
WHEN ART BECAME FASHION, Kosode in Edo Period Japan
Dale Carolyn Gluckman and Sharon Sadako