Kimonos are Japanese formal attire worn during ceremonies, festivals, weddings, and other special occasions. They are generally made with wool, silk, and other fine materials. Kimonos are heavier in weight than yukatas and contain a lining. They are usually custom made for an individual and come in multiple styles. Women have a few footwear options with a kimono. Men typically wear tabi socks along with multiple footwear options as well. There are a number of accessories necessary for wearing a kimono such as a juban and obi belt. Descriptions of the different parts of a kimono are available here.
Where to Buy a Kimono
New kimonos are typically custom made for an individual and can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, used kimonos sell for unbelievably low prices in Japan. For example, the male kimono and obi pictured was under $60 together. The domestic demand for used kimonos is extremely low, but there is a decent demand from tourists. You can find used kimonos available at second-hand shops ranging in styles, colors, sizes, and prices. These shops are generally located near popular tourist spots. There are also a number of online outlets that sell kimonos with a variety of options .
How to Wear a Kimono
Wearing a kimono is a multi-step process. It requires some practice and essential accessories. A good guide to putting on a female kimono can be found here. A very extensive guide including tabi sizing for male kimonos is available here.
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