The types of traditional Japanese garment
Most of the modern Japanese people wear Western-style clothes in everyday life. But at traditional events including the weddings and festivals, they put on Japanese style garments in accordance with the situations. I want to introduce the traditional Japanese clothing for woman and man.
If you want to know the history of kimono…
Traditional Japanese clothings for woman
Among the traditional Japanese closhing for a married woman, the garment is the highest standards. The kimono dropped the sleeve is called as Tomesode. The cloth which is black on the whole is Kuro (black) Tomesode. The one dyed in color is Iro (color) Tomesode.
Both types of Tomesode is for attending the wedding ceremony and other celebration parties. Only a married woman wear Kuro Tomesode, but Iro Tomesode is also available for a single woman.
Furisode has longest sleeves in the traditional Japanese clothing. And it is the highest-rank kimono in a unmarried woman wear. They wear the bright and beautiful garment at the Coming of Age Day or wedding party (as a bride or attendant). The longest sleeves of Furisode is 45inch and reach ankles.
Homongi is the second highest-rank kimono in the Japanese woman clothing. It has a series of a pattern. There are so many patterns including crane, turtle, flower, Phoenix and modern. You (both married and unmarried) can wear it at ceremonial occasions or parties.
Iromuji is colored, except black, kimono clothing. It doesn’t any pattern on the material. You can wear Iromuji at the various situations from a daily life to ceremonies.
Tsukesage is similar to Homongi but it has smaller and cozier patterns. People put on the clothing in the situation where is more casual including theaters, small parties, and gatherings.
Komon has small patterns which made by stencil dyeing or hand drawing. You can put on the clothing at the situation where is more casual including theaters, small parties, visiting and gatherings.
Shiro-muku is the formal robe for a bride at a wedding ceremony. It has a history of over 500 years. Shiro, white in Japanese, represents the sacred color of the sun and the pure and beautiful mind of a bride.
Iro-uchikake is a formal robe also for a bride. She can wear it at not only a wedding ceremony but also the party.
Traditional Japanese clothings for man
Compared with a female, the types of kimono for a man are not many. Montsuki (with a family crest)-haorihakama is the highest-rank male kimono. Like Tomesode, Kuro (black) Montsuki is higher than Iro (color) Montsuki. Most of the bloom wear Kuro Montsuki.
Haorihakama doesn’t have a family crest. So it is suitable for casual parties and gatherings, dressing up in daily life, and watching theatre.
Jinbei is the prototype of the clothes originally worn by the people of Edo. Currently men wear it in the house or in the neighborhood in the summer with relaxing. The length of the pants is up to the knees, and there is a slit in the armwholes so it’s a good ventilation.
For both women and men
Unlike traditional Japanese kimonos so far, Tsumugi is made of a dyed yarn of silkworm. People generally wear Tsumugi as everyday clothes. When you put on Haori over Tsumugi, that means you wear Haorihakama.
Yukata is the most popular among the traditional Japanese clothing. Even the person who usually doesn’t wear kimono sometime enjoys. It is summer garment and easier to put on.
For Women Yukata
For Men Yukata
Happi and Hanten
Happi and Hanten are a wear for a craftsman or people who join a festival. The length of Happi is longer than Hanten.
Samue is also often used as a room wear, but sleeves and hem are longer than Jinbei. This kimono is what the priests of the temple wear for cleaning and cooking, now it is sometimes worn by ordinary people.
Accesorries for Japanese Clothing
Obi acts like a belt to hold down the kimono. But it is not only that, there are various colors and patterns, it is also an important cloth as decoration. Different length bands are used depending on the type of kimono.
It is a traditional Japanese accessory used by women to tie their hair. There are countless kinds of kanzashi hairpin at present, but what made from tortoises has has been considered as luxury goods.
Geta and Zori
Geta and zori are traditional Japanese footwears. Recently, these footwear have been attracting attention for good health. The bottom of geta is made of wood, and that of zori is made of cloth, leather, urethane, and vinyl.
Geta and Zori for Men
Geta and Zori for Women
It is a sock for Japanese clothing, divided by a thumb and four other fingers to put on geta or zori. White tabi is for a formal occasion, and black or navy is for a casual.
Bags that used traditional Japanese textiles and patterns can be coordinated according to kimonos.
Books about traditional Japanese clothing (kimono)