HAN-ERI is a decorative collar to be sewed on NAGA-JUBAN (long KIMONO underwear, see here for the past article).
For KIMONO funs, it is one of the most attractive KIMONO items charmingly being peeped out around a neck.
Today, let’s discover what kind of collars are suitable to what kind of KIMONOs ranging from formal KIMONO to casual KIMONO.
For formal KIMONOs like “IROTOMESODE” and “KUROTOMESODE”
* See the past article here for “IROTOMESODE” and “KUROTOMESODE”.
These KIMONOs are considered as the first rank KIMONO, white HAN-ERI is the best.
When you wear IROTOMESODE at a wedding party, being invited as one of the main guests, your KIMONO itself should be very high-grade, so a white HAN-ERI will match the best.
Also for KUROTOMESODE which is worn by a mother or female family members of the host (bride or groom), a white HAN-ERI is the standard color.
Now, why other colors than white are No Good here for formal KIMONOs?
Thinking of the word “ERI (collar)” of HAN-ERI, I think Japanese people put importance on collars in general.
There is a Japanese expression, “ERI WO TADASU (straighten up your collar)” which means “straighten up yourself”.
So, keeping your collar correct is to show your respect to others.
* See the past article here for “HŌMONGI”.
HAN-ERI which is not very gaudy should be suitable in order not to interrupt the design of the KIMONOs.
So, a white based with embroidery by white, gold or silver threads will be good, especially for unmarried 20-40 women or young mothers.
* See the past article here for “IROMUJI”.
Since this KIMONO has no design or patterns, you can enjoy a wide variety of HAN-ERIs.
However when you wear it as a guest in a formal occasion like a wedding ceremony (IROMUJI can be also worn in a formal situation as it can be considered as a semi-formal KIMONO), it is better no to use too flashy HAN-ERI.
A white based with embroidery by pastel color threads will be good as it shows politeness and elegance at the same time.
When you wear IRO-MUJI at a less formal party like a lunch/dinner gatherings, you can go a bit adventurous.
White or other color based with embroidery by darker color threads, etc will be acceptable.
For casual KIMONOs like “KOMON” or “TSUMUGI”
* See the past article here for “KOMON” and “TSUMUGI”.
Almost no limit, so you can enjoy a wide variety of HAN-ERIs such as hand-painted ones, with your favorite embroidery designs (seasonal plants, animals, etc)
How did you find HAN-ERI?
HAN-ERI is a quite conspicuous part of KIMONO, so if you choose a wrong one, it could give unrefined and less elegant impression to others.
It might sound difficult, but why don’t you just challenge from the one with casual KIMONOs!