Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tips for Kimono Newbies: Bow in Back

Throughout the long history of kimono, the obi belt's knot has wandered around a woman's waist, and if you look far enough back at paintings you can find women wearing their obi knots on the side, back or front. However, beginning in the 1800s and now in the modern day obi knots have firmly settled in the back, front-tied bows lingering on only for prostitutes (until they were outlawed in the early 20th century).

For the gentlemen out there, this back-tying rule also applies to your knots.

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