Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's Awase Time!

According to the traditional kimono calendar, October marks the start of "awase" 袷 kimono season. "Awase" means "lined", and from this month through May it's technically proper to wear only lined kimono. June through September is "hitoe" kimono season, "hitoe" 単衣 being unlined ("single layer").

Not everyone strictly follows these rules, however. For example, in her great little inspiration book Okimono Kimono, CLAMP manga creator and kimono fan Mokona says to "ignore the calendar" if the weather is too hot for heavier kimono.

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