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2017年6月29日 (木)

Hitoe, Ro and Linen - Ensembles before,after and through summer

Many kimono fans still have questions of which fabric to wear in this season, particularly June. As you know, in June and September we wear hitoe (no lining) with same fabrics as awase (kimono with lining), then translucent fabrics is for summer, i.e, July and August. But the rule is not fitting to the modern summer climate, as summer arrives earlier than it did before. I follow my own rules to keep myself comfortable in hot days. I even wear hitoe in winter, but accessories I follow the basic rules.   

There are several theories, but these are the basics; From June to September, wear ro juban, ro han-eri, and ro obiage. For obi, cool-visual(or texture) materials are worn in the beginning of June and late September. From late June to mid September, summer obi is in the season to wear, such as eight-sun obi with no core or shioze for daily wear, and in formal occasions tsuzure-obi or fukuro-obi of pale colors. You can use same obijime in all seasons, or you can certainly choose a summerly obijime like lace obijime to enhance "coolness" that your coordinates bring to eyes.

There are ro, sha, and linen as materials for juban in summer.  Typically ro can be worn throughout summer, and sha and linen for high summer. Please remember not to wear linen juban, han-eri or obiage to match homongi or tomesode.  In the basic rules of kimono, linen is to be worn as a daily wear in high summer. Linen is a very precious material, even more valuable than silk nowadays. Personally I would not disagree on linen in winter or formal wear. But this rule on linen at this point is still valid so let us be reminded of it.   

On additional note, you can spare efforts to care for linen materials. Hand wash and no iron needed.  Linen is revived with water, so I splash sprinkles of water when I use washroom while going out. Erase wrinkles with water instantly and your linen kimono is fresh again just as your fresh look!

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