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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
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Thank you very much!
xfe Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely! :3
KiusLady Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks much for sharing this. Very informative :)
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.
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. ;)
powerbuffy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
nice illustration, very informative!
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Thank you!
Zenith87 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Thanks a lot for this.
Qiu-Ling Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
You're welcome!
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