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2014年12月 2日 (火)

Kimono - the native dress of Japan

kimono may have a deferent context today compared from decades ago when it was our clothes for everyday wear. We are fortunate that we still can wrap ourselves up in Kimono to appreciate its elaborate beauty and tradition even if it is not everyday.

As you learn more about Kimono, you will be surprised it is not just a dress but it is also a way to express one's status, consideration to others and means to communicate.
For example, in a wedding ceremony and party you see various types of kimono. Families of bride and groom wear Kuro Tomesode - formal  black dress with auspicious motifs. Relatives wear Iro Tomesode - formal colored dress with auspicious motifs. Married friends and acquaintances wear Homongi - visiting dress. Unmarried friends wear Furisode - colored dress with long sleeves. By the type of kimono they wear you will know the status and relationship to the bride or the groom. When you come across a wedding ceremony, please observe types of kimono the wedding party wear. You will be able to tell the status of each by the type of kimono.

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