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2018年3月24日 (土)

Kimono is about KI; vitality.

It seems kimono is closer to our life now, seeing more people wearing yukata than 10 years ago. However, it has been altered to a very different thing from that of 15 years ago. 


With aging of craftsmen and shortage of successors, many areas discontinued production of kimono and obi. Instead, foreign products, printed kimono (versus hand-dyed), and Japanese yet cost-driven products became the mainstream merchandise in the market.


I will write about what I found out in a series of posts.


  Kimono, in essence, is a fabric to wear. Now it has become a lofty model that you have to go to classes to learn and acquire knowledge of how to wear it from teachers. Furthermore, you need to mind small creases when you are wearing it like a model or actress in magazines. It requires painstaking effort and time just to wear, as if you have one of very special days of a lifetime. 


Kimono is about your Ki, your vitality. It is about to enjoy and feel comfortable in it. When your mind is ready, what you miss in way of dressing will show as your character. That is what makes you attractive, cute, and approachable. If you disregard your heart, or mind, and are obsessed with the dressing mannerism, kimono turns into a haughty costume lacking elegance.        

 

 

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