Each part of the kimono has a unique name. “Kanji” characters are difficult to read.
This time Maikichi translated them. It was hard work but fun!
Anyway, please look at the following images.
They are used very often when you take kimono lessons called “okeiko”.
If you learn them before the lessons, you can smoothly put on kimono by yourself.
1. eri / kake-eri
a collar / the first layer collar / a top layer collar
“Kake-eri” covers the main collar of kimono to prevent from getting dirty.
horizontal line(s) on the collar / short line(s) on the collar
a cloth that becomes the collar of underwear called “juban”
“Haneri” is a detachable and decorative collar sewn on “juban”. You can change it as you like. There are many kinds of “haneri” collars for formal and informal occasions.
an intersection of the collar / a cross point of the collar
At the center front, align vertically the cross points of the collars of kimono and “juban”.
the left front part including a bodice and skirt part
Close the collar with the left front part up.
Which side of kimono goes on top?
The left does.
the right front part including bodice and skirt part
side hole(s) / side opening(s)
The openings make it easier to put on kimono.
Also, air goes through the openings and the sleeves are swinging beautifully.
It is one of the charms of kimono.
curved corner(s) of the sleeve(s) / round part(s) of the sleeve(s)
opening(s) of sleeve(s)
the upper line of obi
the bottom line of obi
the line of the “ohashori” tuck / a tuck line
“Ohashori” is a fold around the hips that is created by tucking excess fabric to match the kimono to your height.
16. mae-migoro = uwamae + shitamae
front part(s) of kimono
The front part of kimono is divided into two sections. Both are called “mae-migoro” that cover the front side body.
side line(s) / side seam line(s)
extended collar(s) / part(s) attached to “maemigoro”, the front part(s) of kimono
seam(s) of extended collar(s) / part(s)
Please stand straight with your feet together.
Put the “okumi” line on the split of “tabi”.
lining of the skirt part / bottom lining
space at the nape
Put air in the space at the nape.
Opening this space is one of the attractive points of kimono.
line(s) where the collar connects the back of the kimono.
3. se-chushin / senui
the center back / a back seam
the upper line of “otaiko”
a single layer obi shape
Ichiju-taiko is the most popular and basic shape in tying obi.
“Otaiko” derives from the shape of a bridge with an arch like the edge of a drum. It can usually be found in traditional Japanese gardens.
the bottom line of “otaiko”
a tail / the end of the wide part of “obi”
tare : a wide part of “obi”
the end of the half-folded part of “obi”
te : a half-folded part of “obi”
“Te” is a part of “obi” usually folded into half.
a tuck / “ohashori” tuck/ a fold part around the hips
“Ohashori” is a fold around the hips that is created by tucking excess fabric to make the kimono fit your body.
an inside flap
a back part of kimono
The back part of kimono called “ushiro-migoro” covers the back body.
tip(s) of the hem / hem tip(s)/ corner(s) of the front skirt (part)
Lift the tip of the hem a little. Your lower body looks slim. So you look elegant.
14. suso / suso-sen
a hem or the lower part of kimono / a hemline or the bottom edge of kimono
“Suso-moyo” means patterns on the lower part of kimono.
Set the hemline around the ankle when wearing “yukata”.
How was that? Was it difficult for you?
Don’t worry! You’ll be able to learn gradually in the lessons.
When I got nice ideas, I’ ll update them.
If you have appropriate words and phrases, please let me know!