Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kimono Knowledge: Know Your Kurotomesode

Let's see if I can fit some more k's into that title!

Kurotomesode are the most formal kimono for married women, and are black kimono with five family crests (the white dots up top in the photos below) and a pattern along the hem only. A fine detail new collectors may not know is that that pattern starts out huge and exuberant for newly married (assumed to be young) women and then gets smaller and more muted the older you get.

Two examples:

Photos are copyright Ichiroya and used with permission.

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