Published On: Sun, Dec 7th, 2014

More About The Traditional Clothes of Kimono

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Kimono is the traditional Japanese clothes. In the modern day Japan, this outfit is worn only occasionally special occasions like tea ceremonies, funerals, weddings, and other several formal traditional events. The color and style of kimono should be appropriate according to the person’s marital status and occasions.

 

Designs and Prices

Kimonos for men usually have more subtle colors and are made normally from matte fabrics. And for this reason, it’s the women’s kimono that gains more interest. Their beautiful designs place them as art pieces beside as garment products. Traditionally, women’s kimono is made of silk, yet these days they are commonly made of polyester. The decorative details include yuzen painting and dyeing and embroidery. A kimono price may range from about 10,000 yen for one simple set made of inexpensive fabric to millions of yen for one luxurious silk set with intricate yuzen designs or embroidery.

 

Where to See

There are some destinations in Japan where you will be able to see valuable kimono as exhibitions or learn more about the techniques used to create and decorate them:

Nishijin Textile Center

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  • Kyoto Nishijin Textile Center

Nishijin is the city district in Kyoto and the Nishijin Textile Center known for their local kimono weaving method. Visitors will be able to observe kimono decoration and weaving demonstrations, or participate in one of the hand weaving workshops they held. There is also a large shopping section.

  • Kanazawa Kaga Yuzenkan

Kaga Yuzenkan is a kimono silk painting workshop that is open to the public. Tourists and visitors can observe the artists performing the Kaga method of yuzen painting on silk..

  • Fuji Five Lakes Kubota Itchiku Art Museum

This particular museum showcases awesome kimono creations by the late kimono artist Kubota Itchiku who had revived the lost silk dyeing art called Tsujigahana. Exhibited pieces include kimono designs with depicting themes of nature, seasons and the cosmos.

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How to Try

The foreign tourists’ interest in kimono is increasing. To make available to these visitors, several establishments where you can rent have been set up. You can put the kimono of your choice on then walk around town in it. Though by far Kyoto has the most kimono rental shops many cities such as Kawagoe, Kitsuki and Kanazawa also provides this kind of shops. Some of the kimono rental shops would offer a variety of packages that include a makeover and a photo shoot. The rental and packages prices range from about 4000 yen for a couple of hours of kimono rentals, to about 20,000 yen for the complete packages. You may also have Kimono touring in Kyoto.

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Maintenance

Kimono can be bought at specialized numerous stores spread around Kyoto. Kimono stores can also be found in some of department stores as well as shopping malls all across Japan. Plenty of online stores are also selling new as well as used kimono online. When you’re buying kimono, don’t forget to consider any maintenance issues that might occurs For instance, silk kimono are relatively difficult to wash and clean. Without the right methods the cleaning process could damage the garment. In contrary, kimono from polyester material is quite easy to clean, yet you must always ask the merchant the best way of maintaining them.

 

 

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