When women wear a formal kimono, they often wear another collar called “kasane-eri” or “date-eri” to upgrade their neck line.
When wearing “furisode” with the collar, you look gorgeous!
Putting on furisode by yourself is not so easy. That ‘s why you need enough preparation.
This time I show you how to sew “kasane-eri”.
Difference in appearance
The appearance will change depending on color you put on it.
You look like wearing many garments of kimono by a bicolor “kasane-eri”.
As effects of the collar,
- Make your appearance gorgeous and upgrade the kimono’s rank.
- Even the same kimono can be changed the impression.
- Adding it as a key color unites other colors and gives a sophisticated impression.
- Sewing kit
If you aren’t very good at sewing, please prepare pins.
- 3 Safety pins, hairpins or pins for kasane-eri
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How to attach “kasane-eri”
Start with sewing!
Sew “kasane-eri” on kimono
1. Turn the kimono inside out and fold “hiroeri”or the wide collar of the kimono into half. Align the center back with the center line of the “kasane-eri”. Two red stars are “eri-kata-aki” or the crossed points of the shoulder line and the collar.
2. Place the “kasene-eri” on the collar and make a 5 mm allowance.
3. Pin the “kasane-eri” and the collar together on the three points.
4. Stitch them.
Pin the “kasane-eri”
There is a sew-on snap button on the center back, so avoid it when using pins.
Pins for “kasene-eri”
1. Put the right pin on the back of the the kimono’s collar and the other two on the front. The red circle is the snap button position.
2. Hold the center pin with the entire pin tilted.
3. Take the left pin to the back of the kimono’s collar.
4. Make the pin vertical.
5. Push it.
6. Two pins are on the back of the kimono’s collar.
7. Pin on two “eri-kata-aki” in the same way. Snap the button and complete!
You can also use hairpins when you have nothing. Make sure that the pin tip does not affect the surface fabric as much as possible.
Pin the same place as the pins for “kasane-eri”.
You can pin on the front or back side. Pin the same place as the pins for “kasane-eri”.
Make sure that the outer fabric is not affected by the pins when wearing.
Watch out for thin fabrics. If you recognize the pins are there, let’s sew!
And if you aren’t very good at sewing …
Double sided tape for “haneri”
Tape from the red star to red star via the center back. If the “kasane-eri” is easy to get twisted, tape a shorter one to the folded edge of “hiro-eri”.
How about you?
Did it go well? You can choose one depending on the situation.
When you put on a formal kimono by yourself, be sure to put “Kasane-eri” on the kimono in advance. This is because it is a small cloth that disappears from view when you are in a hurry.
Kasane-eri, where did it come from?
The collar is an extra layer that appears to be wearing many kimonos. It is said to be a remnant of the imperial coat ladies’ clothing called “junihitoe”.
In 2019 Japan’s new era has come. “Heisei” emperor stepped down and handed his status to the crown prince.
The new emperor’s era name is “REIWA” which means “beautiful harmony”. So there was a ritual that a new emperor officially enthroned. The ritual was an big event that the empress and princesses of the imperial families wore “junihitoe”. They were so beautiful! I was excited that “Hina matsuri”, the doll festival came early.