Sunday, 19 August 2012




   What can be more beautiful than to wore a kimono as a geisha do?! 

    Well, first of all, kimono is a Japanese traditional type of clothing worn by women, children and men,which literally means a "thing to wear" (ki "wear" and mono "thing")Kimonos can be made of silk, wool, cotton, linen or synthetic material.     
    Nowadays, the kimono it is used on special occasions. Is it beautiful and unique in the world.
   There are different types of kimono, in different colors and models.
Geisha can't be a geisha without a kimono, but men, women, children, even manga and anime character wore it too.
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basic elements of kimono
basic elements of kimono
  • Dōura: upper lining on a woman's kimono.
  • Eri : collar.
  • Fuki: hem guard.
  • Furi: sleeve below the armhole.
  • Maemigoro : front main panel, excluding sleeves. The covering portion of the other side of the back, maemigoro is divided into "right maemigoro" and "left maemigoro".
  • Miyatsukuchi: opening under the sleeve.
  • Okumi: front inside panel situated on the front edge of the left and right, excluding the sleeve of a kimono. Until the collar, down to the bottom of the dress goes, up and down part of the strip of cloth. Have sewn the front body.
  • Sode: sleeve.
  • Sodeguchi: sleeve opening.
  • Sodetsuke: kimono armhole.
  • Susomawashi: lower lining.
  • Tamoto: sleeve pouch.
  • Tomoeri: over-collar (collar protector).
  • Uraeri: inner collar.
  • Ushiromigoro: back main panel, excluding sleeves, covering the back portion. They are basically sewn back-centered and consist of "right ushiromigoro" and "left ushiromigoro", but for wool fabric, the ushiromigoro consists of one piece.

Some accessories:

Geta are wooden sandals worn by men and women with yukata. One unique style is worn solely by geisha.
Obi is the sash worn with kimono.
Tabi are ankle-high, divided-toe socks usually worn with zōri or geta. There also exist sturdier, boot-like jikatabi, which are used for example to fieldwork.
Yukata is an unlined kimono-like garment for summer use, usually made of cotton, linen, or hemp. Yukata are strictly informal, most often worn to outdoor festivals, by men and women of all ages. They are also worn at onsen (hot spring) resorts, where they are often provided for the guests in the resort's own pattern.
Zōri are traditional sandals worn by both men and women.Their formality ranges from strictly informal to fully formal. They are made of many materials, including cloth, leather, vinyl and woven grass, and can be highly decorated or very simple.

When choosing and wearing kimono, one must take a several things to account. This is often the reason why modern Japanese women don't feel comfortable to wear kimono, since they are worried of breaking the multidimensional kimono etiquette. Several things matter:
  • Wearer's Age
  • Quality and Formality of Occasion
  • Season
  • Wearer's taste
  • One's Class

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