There are so many wonderful types of kimono that it can be confusing. Below you will find some of the more commonly used terms and their descriptions.
Traditional full-length Japanese gown.
A type of kimono worn by unmarried women, typically at formal occasions. The sleeves are longer than in other kimono.
The most formal kimono, typically black, worn by married women on special occasions. On tomesode kimono, the pattern is around the hem and below the waist line.
Uchikake is a kimono which is the traditional bridal gown.
Cotton kimono without linings worn as bathrobes or as casual clothes for the summer typically at the summer festivals.
A kimono jacket, typically of hip or mid-thigh length.
A type of haori with a square neckline at the front.
A belt or sash to be worn with kimono.
A reversible obi with two different patterns inside and outside.
Fukuro obi is appropriate for formal and semiformal occasions. Fukuro means double-fold or bag. It is made of two different fabrics, which are sewn together. The pattern only appears on one side.
The patterns are woven on double-width fabric before being bent and stitched. Both the outside and reverse are patterned.
The nagoya obi is characterised by a portion of the obi being pre-folded and stitched in half.
A type of stencil dyed fabric originating from the island of Okinawa, typically featuring bright colours.
Pre-dyed fabric with fine wrinkles on its surface.
Silk fabric with wavy wrinkle, produced by twisting the threads while weaving.
Damask silk of a thick and glossy texture.
A kind of chirimen, crepe silk, characterised by its small and minute wrinkle.
High quality silk-gauze woven with foil, gold and silk threads.
Sheer material with lattice pattern.
Silk woven with dyed cocoon in the ikat technique.
A silk woven in the ikat technique with strongly twisted pre-dyed silk threads.
Glossy thick silk.
Silk produced by one of several methods of dyeing the fabric with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, or compressing it.
A sheer silk fabric with a rough texture.
Silk with a rough texture, woven with hand-spun threads from cocoon fibres.
Urushi is brocade woven with lacquered threads which may be coloured, but are most often in shades of gold, copper and silver.
A style of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process before the threads are woven to form a pattern or design.
Fabric woven with threads that have been pre-dyed to produce a motif – most commonly cotton, but also silk and silk mixes.
See silks above.
Design produced using a dyeing technique where each pattern is drawn or painted by hand.
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