着付け "kitsuke" means kimono wearing or kimono dressing. Today I was learning for the first time how to put kimono on!!!!
When I was looking for more information about kimono and kitsuke on the Internet I came across a blog about kitsuke. Shino, who writes this blog, posts a lot about kimono culture and joy of wearing kimono. I subscribed to the blog and was reading every single post of it. Then before Christmas Shino posted about a private kitsuke session with many other kimono lovers. So I wrote her and asked if I could join the next session. Can you imagine how happy I was when Shino invited me to her kitsuke!!!!
To be honest with you, kimono is a hard work! But the result worth it! Do you find me looking natural wearing kimono?
I've received so much information about wearing kimono today! I wonder whether I will remember all this by tomorrow. The most impressive is that everything "relies" on strings! So if you do not tie the string correctly everything will collapse. My first attempt was kind of alright even though you can see some mistakes in tucking it. I would not go out in it ;)
The second difficult part is the obi belt. So difficult! And you have to do everything without looking in the mirror (because it won't help that much and will make you put your body in a weird position). Sheila, another kimono lover, said that "fingers are your eyes". Look at these gorgeous obi! Jealous how skilled these women are!
Bellow is my second obi belt, narrower than the first one and more casual. It's another style of tying it.
At the end we made a group picture! Kimono transforms women so much! It makes us look more gracious, beautiful, secret, different! ;)
|For some reasons I'm the tallest ;S|
|This is an antique kimono coming. LOOOOVE the print!|
I bought a cheat polyester kimono and accessories in Kyoto just to learn how to wear it first. And I am happy I did not go for a more expensive version! So I figured out during kitsuke my kimono underwear was way too short for me. In fact my kimono is juuust the right size, would be better to have a bigger one.
|Zori, special kimono wear.|
First of all because I live in Japan and to me Japanese culture and kimono go together. Learning how to wear a kimono is also learning Japanese culture and history. Wearing a kimono and learning about it will help me understand much better the culture I live in.
I also love fashion, and kimono is very "fashionable" piece of clothing. My ultimate goal is to integrate kimono in my everyday wardrobe and start wearing it to work, on weekend, for different occasions.
Expect me to blog more about kimono! If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask. I am so keen to research and tell you about it!