This time, I’d like to talk about “casual KIMONOs”.
Although I am saying “casual”, we are not wearing them every day.
As you see, the sleeves and hem of a KIMONO are not very suitable for doing housework, so, I should rather say “ everyday-stylish-KIMONOs” in which you can go out with friends to see concerts, museums, KABUKIs or to have dinner.
“ Everyday-stylish-KIMONOs” are roughly divided into 2 types, “KOMON” and “TSUMUGI”.
KOMON is a type of KIMONO of which the colors and patterns are relatively small as the Japanese literally means “small patterns” and which is painted on silk fabric.
TSUMUGI is a type of KIMONO of which the patterns and colors are woven, meaning the choice of threads and how to weave decide the design.
Usually, TSUMUGI is made from threads of raw silk and now also other fibers such as cotton.
During the EDO era, there was a very strict rule for cloths depending on to which social position you belong, so-called SHI-NO-KO-SHO (the highest is the samurai, then the farmer, the artisan, and the merchant).
Although TSUMUGI is made from silk, it was allowed to be worn by the farmers or merchants because it was made from cocoons which were out of standard, and silk-raising farmers couldn’t make it commercialized.
TSUMUGI is a KIMONO which is very light, crispy and easy to wear. It will be a bit stiff in the beginning, however the more you wear, the softer it becomes.The major pattern used by TSUMUGI is KASURI (geometric pattern)
TSUMUGI world is very deep, so I will continue this topic in some of future articles!