Enjoy wearing “kimono” as one of the fashionable outfits!
Kimono’s texture is various according to fiber types and weaving process. Also dyeing is very interesting. You’ll enjoy them through the lessons.
- How to center the back seam
- How to adjust the hem line
- How to tie “koshihimo”
Are you ready?
“Kimono is something to wear”, so let’s get started!
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How to put on kimono
Straighten the fabric grain and put on
1. Hold the center and the short lines of “kake-eri” on the collar.
2. Loosen the tension.
3. Pull the collar to both sides to straighten the grain lines of the collar.
4. Slide the hand holding the short lines of “kake-eri” down a little.
5. Bring the kimono to the back and open the collar.
6. Put kimono on so that the collar of kimono gently touches the collar of “juban”.
7. Hold the “juban” sleeve and put your arm through the kimono sleeve. Do the same for the opposite side.
8. Match up both sleeves. Do the same for the opposite side.
Center the back seam
9. Match two short lines on the collar called “kake-eri” to wear the kimono symmetrical.
If the collar has no lines, hold it evenly.
10. Hold the back seam, move both hands back and forth to center the back seam.
Adjust the kimono length and width
11. Slide the hands down along the collar and hold the collar about the root of the thigh.
12. Bring up the skirt part of the kimono and keep the arms’ position.
14. While keeping the height and tension of the arms, bring your left hand horizontally to the right hip bone like sweeping the floor.
Put your feet together and make sure the “okumi-sen” line (white arrow) is on a split of the right “tabi”. If so, continue. If not so, do it in place.
15. When you adjusted the left skirt part, open it half. Then, bring the right hand horizontally to the left hip bone while keeping the height and the tension of the arms.
16. Twist the right hand up so as to raise the right corner called “tsumasaki”.
17. Slide the right hand up a little.
While bringing the left hand to the right hip bone, sandwich the right collar edge with the left skirt part, and release the right hand.
18. Twist the left hand up so as to raise the left corner called “tsumasaki”.
19. Carefully pull out the extra fabric around your waist with the right hand while holding the left skirt part in place.
20. Pull out the extra fabric all. The fabric is often gathered around the waist.
21. Also make sure the back.
22. Take the center of “koshihimo” and pass it to the right hand.
You are now holding the left collar end with the right hand. So naturally you take “koshihimo” with the left hand.
23. Slide the “koshihimo” to the left side around hip bone .
24. Cross “koshihimo” at the hollow of the back. Hold the “himo” short and pull it horizontally.
25. Pull it again diagonally.
26. Bring the ends to the front and tie once.
27. Pass one end of “koshihimo” through between your body and “koshihimo”.
28. Tie a half bow knot and tuck the ends in.
29. Remove wrinkles around the “koshihimo”.
It is important to remove wrinkles to do the next step smoothly.
30. Make sure that the left end of the collar is firmly held by the the “koshihimo”.
This is the end of Part 1.
Part 2 starts with making “ohashori”. Do your best!
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