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FURISODE

FURISODE is a type of KIMONO with long sleeves which is the most formal KIMONO for an unmarried woman. In Japan, most of the women wear FURISODE to attend SEIJIN-SHIKI (成人式) which is a ceremony held nationwide in the Coming of Age Day (成人の日) in January. Those who attend this ceremony are men and women …

My FURISODE

HAKATA-ORI (HAKATA weaving method)

“HAKATA-ORI” is one of the Japanese major weaving method or its textile products. Especially “HAKATA-OBI” (OBI sash woven by HAKATA-ORI method) is very famous and its origin is said to date back to approximately 800 years ago where a merchant in HAKATA brought back this product from the Song Dynasty of China. Even today, its technique …

souuke honbukuro

History of KIMONO (from MEIJI Period to Today)

Since the MEIJI Period (AD 1868 to 1912), how have the KIMONOs varied and developed till today? Due to the admiration for western clothing introduced from abroad, people wore KIMONOs less and less, which eventually made KIMONO a special clothing for people. Characteristics of KIMONOs from the end of MEIJI Period to TAISHŌ Period (AD1912-1926) …

taisho lady

History of KIMONO (From prehistoric times to EDO Period)

It is said that KIMONO has its origin in ancient garments called “KANTŌI”. With the times, its shape changed gradually and  in NARA Period (AD 710 – 794), as the nation adopted political and legal systems from China, this traditional clothing came to be worn to clarify the difference of social class of each person. In …

KANTOI

Design of KIMONO (Part 2)

After the long lasting “SENGOKU-JIDAI” (Warring States period), peaceful years of EDO era (1603-1868) generated a wide variety of work of art. The culture of KIMONO was also flourished where the original form of modern KIMONOs called “KOSODE” was created making the patterns of KIMONOs further sophisticated. Although the design of KIOMONO is usually based on …

KOMON GAWA 2

KUSAKI-ZOME (Part 2) – AI-ZOME

The color of blue might be the most relaxing color in the world since it recalls the nature such as sky, ocean, river and lake by implication. In the modern world, coloring fabrics blue is often done synthetically when producing blue jeans for example, but the blue color by the Japanese indigo dyeing method called …

AIZOME TOP

KUSAKI-ZOME (Part 1) – KIHACHIJŌ TSUMUGI

In KIMONO dyeing process, there are two ways: SAKI-ZOME and ATO-ZOME. SAKI-ZOME means dyeing of threads before cloths are woven. ATO-ZOME means dyeing of cloths after weaving.  The method of SAKI-ZOME is mainly used when making TSUMUGIs that I mentioned in the past article. TSUMUGI is a type of KIMONO which has its origin in …

KIHACHIJO

Design of KIMONO (KISSHŌ MOYŌ)

Today, I’d like to introduce some auspicious designs which can be seen only in KIMONOs called “KISSHŌ-MOYŌ (吉祥模様)” Originally this type of designs was brought from China 1,200-1,400 years ago and is said that prayers and wishes for happiness are put into it. Especially the designs of dragons, phoenix and cloud are very famous. Of them, …

phoenix

The Beauty of KASANE-IROME

In KIMONO world, there are special bi-color patterns called “KASANE-IROME” in which the specific pairs of various Japanese colors are thought to emphasize the beauty of KIMONOs. This idea is said to have started approximately 1,000 years ago, during the HEIAN period, for Imperial court lady’s’ KIMONOs which were worn in layers, known as “JŪNI-HITOE”. …

JUNI-HITOE

Outer wear for KIMONO (what is KIMONO Coats?)

This time, let me introduce “KIMONO coat”. KIMONO coat is important to go out during cold winter season and it can be worn in both formal and casual occasions just like a western overcoat. When you put it on top of a formal HŌMONGI, choose an appropriate designs such as of color gradation or with …

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