Glossary of terminology

As I come across new types of Japanese textiles and uncommon terms I will try to post useful definitions.

Kimono- The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment worn by men, women and children. "kimono, which means  "thing to wear".  Kimonos are made from straight panels of fabric.  Individual bolts are made for each kimono.   They are always wrapped left over right.  To wrap left over right is only done when dressing the dead.

Fukuro obi- Fukuro obi is a formal to semi formal obi and often has the decorative fabric only in the places that it would show when worn and the rest is plain.

Furisode- Furisode is the most formal kimono of young unmarried woman it is most often seen at the Coming-of-Age Day ceremony when a girl turns 20.  It is easily recognized by the very long flowing sleeves, beautiful patterns and often has embroidery and hand painted designs.

Karieba/karinui- Is the cut pattern of the kimono roughly basted together.  It still needs unpicked, lined and finished to be worn as finished kimono.

Obi- The Obi (sash) is worn over the kimono.  There are many different types and formalities of obi.  They are generally folded in half, wrapped around the body and tied.  The fancier bows are usually restricted to young unmarried woman.

Uchikake- Formal wedding kimono.

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