“IROMUJI” means a plain KIMONO of which background color is any other than black.
For its fabric, there are two types: one is plain-woven type called “HIRA-ORI” and another is called “MON-ISHŌ-CHIRIMEN”, a crape with uneven woven pattern on its surface, suitable for formal occasions such as “KAN-KON-SŌ-SAI”.
You can wear IROMUJI regardless of the season.
Since there is a number of colors for IROMUJI, you can choose the most suitable one to you and the occasion. The coordination with OBIs will be also fun.
By the choice of the color or by whether it has background pattern or KAMON, where you can go out to will be decided.
IROMUJI is not flashy, not too formal but you can show enough courtesy in it, so you can wear it to go usual shopping, tea ceremony, flower or art exhibition, KABUKI or other traditional entertainments.
If you want to make it more formal, you can put a KAMON on the center of the back by dyeing or embroidery.
By the way, as for a Japanese tea ceremony, what “Sen no Rikyū” (1522 – 1591, a person who established Japanese “Way of Tea”) aimed was to entertain the guests by serving tea in the relaxed “WABI-SABI” (simple and beautiful) manner in Nature without being gorgeously luxurious.
In the tea room, usually there is a wild flower put in a vase.
If you are in a flashy and gorgeous KIMONO in such place, you could ruin not only the flower’s lovely taste but also the entire atmosphere in the room.
Wearing a suitable IROMUJI, be there silently and modestly, which is what Rikyu required from the tea ceremony participants and this is exactly the Japanese sensitivity.
A flower exhibition too, it is not good to compete against the flowers.
Wearing IROMUJI of chic color, you can set off the beauty of those flowers.
For official school events for children such as entrance ceremony or graduation ceremony, parents are not the main characters.
Therefore, it is needed to choose a modest KIMONO but keeping dignity.
For this occasion, IROMUJI of mild pastel color will be recommended.
Although IROMUJI has a quiet and modest image, by putting a “SHARE-MON” (design crest) on the back, you can give a playful mind to it.
The simpler the design is, the more your good sense is required, this is true to KIMONO too!