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Kitsuke Accessories by Qiu-Ling Kitsuke Accessories by Qiu-Ling
I recently submitted an image called "Spring Ensemble" which showed off a paper doll kimono design. Well, this is why I created it - so that I could make this diagram of kitsuke accessories.

Kitsuke is the art of wearing kimono and kitsuke accessories are all the accessories needed to wear a kimono properly.

Sorry everyone all the text is in Japanese. It was done at the request of my teacher who was art directing it.

Anyways, I'll go through all the pieces with you in english.

Starting at the top left and then going left to right down the diagram:

Frame 1: clockwise from the top
Kimono Underwear - basically western style underwear, only the bra helps flatten out the wearer's chest to give her body a better shape for the kimono. The bottom piece is also constructed so that panty lines don't show when the kimono is put on. Also, because it's difficult to go to the bathroom in kimono, there's a button flap for... uhm... easy access.
Tabi - Japanese split toed socks. Traditional ones button up at the back, but nowadays you can buy stretchy ones too (for bigger feet).
Geta - A type of Japanese sandal.

Frame 2:
Hadajuban - Second layer of underwear - comparable to a skirt slip and camisol

Frame 3: clockwise from the left
Juban - An underkimono. Usually about 3/4 length, but sometimes the full height of the wearer. This sort of provides a barrier between the oils on your skin and the outer (more expensive) kimono. And because of other accessories worn with it, it provides the means for keeping the kimono collar nice and stiff and neat.
Han'eri - Decorative collar sewn onto the juban. It will show when the kimono is being worn over top.
Koshihimo - A flat, cotton ribbon used for tying the kimono in place.
Erishin - Highly stiffened fabric piece insterted into the collar of the juban to hold the shape of the collar when the outer kimono is put on.
Susoyoke - A wrap skirt worn over top of the juban. In the past this was meant to preserve the wearer's modesty. Basically when you walk in kimono, sometimes it opens up and sometimes you need to lift the hem. Basically when that happens, this skirt is meant to stay in place and cover the legs.

Frame 4:
Kimono (Furisode) - At this point the wearer can don the outer kimono. In this case a furisode is being worn. Furisode is the style of kimono characterized by long dangling sleeves. It is worn as formal attire by young unmarried women.
Koshihimo - Just a couple more of those tying ribbons. Here they're being used in creating the ohashiori: a fold which adjusts the length of the kimono to the wearer's height.

Frame 5:
Datejime - Two different kinds are shown. Basically they serve the purpose of holding the kimono collar and ohashiori tightly in place - and sometimes they hold padding as well which helps to give the body a more tube like shape.
Obiita - This is highly stiffened fabric or board meant to hold the shape of the obi (see frame 6) and keep it from wrinkling in the front when it's tied

Fram 6: clockwise from the left
Obi - The long, wide sash used in tying the kimono. The obi used in this design can be either a maru obi or fukuro obi. They are the two most formal obi. The obi can be tied in a great variety of elabourate knots.
Obiage - A sash used to tie the obimakura (see frame 7) in place. In this image I have two obiage showing, just because my kimono design requires an obiage tied at the top of the obi and and at the bottom. It's not an entirely common style, but it's one I'm really fond of.
Obijime - A cord used to decorate and help hold the obi in place. It can be tied simply or elabourately at the front or back depending on the style one is trying to achieve. Usually it is tied simply in the front.
Obidome - A sash clasp sometimes worn on the obijime

Frame 7</i>
Obimakura - A little pillow used to give volume and dimension to the obi knot.

Prints of this piece are up for sale in my Etsy shop: [link]

You can also find them up for auction here on Ebay: [link]
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xfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I feel like this should help people draw kimonos, even... at least, draw them as though the character is wearing a kimono properly! Very nice. :D
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Thank you very much!
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xfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely! :3
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks much for sharing this. Very informative :)
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks like you'd roast in it and/or wouldn't be able to bend over.
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
That's why kimono are made in multiple silk weights and in cotton. Ro, sha and cotton (summer silks/materials) are much lighter and airy than winter materials. Ro and sha are even perforated to allow more breathability. Yeah, the who ensemble restricts the way you're able to bend. You just learn how to bend differently. ;)
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powerbuffy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
nice illustration, very informative!
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Thank you!
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Zenith87 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Thanks a lot for this.
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
You're welcome!
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Ryusukanku Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
And people ridicule Victorian Ladies' wear for it's complexity.

Still it's interesting to see and appreciate the effort that goes into this attire.
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Candylover20 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
compare to that, the kimono is more easier. The Fabric is lighter and you don't die from heat as wearing a victorian dress.
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tabbykat Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Oh god. This would have been so useful in Okinawa. Wonderfully done. Both clear in its instruction, and beautiful. Fav!
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wanderwave Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
OH!!! It`s just terrible that I can`t use it for my ideas. I m doing calendar for 2009 and I can`t found pictures of japanese lovers in traditional costumes///
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Do you mean Japanese lovers as in guys and girls? Or Japanese lovers as in people who just love Japanese? Because there are plenty of photos of people in kimono on flickr. Also, I run a club for people interested in kimono: :iconkimono-lovers:, I have also posted numerous kimono, kanzashi and kitsuke photos in my other gallery: :iconkurokami-kanzashi: And there are plenty of people who love kimono on the forums here: [link].

Hope that helps!
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Mangabaka Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so well made, and also helpful!! Thanks for sharing this information, it comes handy to me right now :)

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setsuna22 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I am going to be doing my first kitsuke in May, so I am looking for as many references as possible! I knew most of what I needed but i didn't really know their purposes, so this is very helpful! :3

I am going to try and make most of the parts I need though, as they can get expensive coming from japan! T3T
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Thank you very much! I'm glad you found it helpful. I'm sure your accessories will turn out very well!
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kartos Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
This is so ungodly useful and informative. I am so glad you posted this! Your pictures are also very cute and clear and concise.
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Thank you! My info-design teacher would be happy to hear you say that! =)
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kartos Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
:D

I've sent it to a bunch of people and they've said the exact same things about how useful it is. You should print it up in a lil booklet and sell it at anime cons or something!
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Actually, I do sell it at Anime North - or rather I will be when the convention comes up again. I didn't have it finished for AN last year.
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shadowgeisha Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007   General Artist
It seems complex to wear kimono.
This would be helpful for when I cosplay in October at the London Expo:)
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
Thanks! OH, TAKE PICTURES AND POST! I WANT TO SEE YOUR KIMONO! *bounces around from excitement*
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shadowgeisha Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007   General Artist
I will post the post the pictures, the kimono is very nearly finished:D
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Awesome! I'm sure it will be lovely!
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shadowgeisha Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007   General Artist
I'll upload a picture of me wearing my kimono and let you know:)
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Awesome!
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shadowgeisha Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007   General Artist
Yep, unfortunately I missed the London Expo, but I'm wearing my kimono on my birthday, as i'm getting some maiko kanzashi's:)

I'll upload a photo someday next week:)
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PitushaZee Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Student
it very complicated to wear a kimono =(
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
Yes it is. It takes practice, but it's fun!
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cvalphen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
How comfortable is it to actually wear a kimono?
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Very comfy! A little warm at times, but otherwise comfy.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow!! The breakdown really helps amazingly to understand what's going on under a kimono like that - I never knew half of the pieces, or what they generally looked like not on someone :faint:

Amazing, really. All of your work is so stunning!
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Thank you very much! Oh! You just reminded me that I need to hand in a digital file of this thing for the grad book!
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BeauW Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
The level of detail is admirable. What great patience. And to top it off, the final result is great.
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Thank you very much!
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severeene Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb work! Well illustrated and structured! In short:easy to understand!! Well done, Christina!!! :love:

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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Thanks! lol, I had to re-do it three times before I got a composition that would work.
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
I like all of the detail on this and how thorough this is.
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Thank you!
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Nostradamus217 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
WOW thats pretty complex... elligant.. although i dont dig asian chiks lol , thats pretty spiffy.
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Thanks a lot!
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Anzel-X Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waaa:omfg:AWESOME.....
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Thanks!
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eclipsh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
Beautiful layout and color choices. It is very simple, clean and vibrant.

I had no idea wearing a kimono was so complex. Memoirs of a Geisha (the novel, not the film) didn't do the complexity of them justice. :)
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Thanks! Yeah, you don't really realise how much it takes until you find someone who really knows what they're doing and have them lay out everything they own for putting on a kimono. lol
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eclipsh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
How did you do on that competition by the way?
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Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Competition?
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eclipsh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
Yes, the Memoirs of a Geisha cover you did ages ago. I only remember because it was when I first joined and it was one of my first favorites. :)
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