Sunday, 9 February 2014

Names of Traditional Japanese Clothes

I was looking this up so I knew what type of jacket pattern to look for when I thought I might want to refer to it later. Hence this blogpost. So really this is really more of a notebook page for me than something I strongly wanted to share. Links are to wikipedia pages which often have pictures on.

Fundoshi - old school men's pants. The man puts the 'fun' in 'fundoshi'. Essentially a loin cloth. Probably not going to need a pattern for this. Ever.
Furisode - unmarried woman's kimono. Easily identified by bright colours and very long sleeves which reach the ground.
red kimono
Hakama - culottes with lots of material. Mainly worn by men but sometimes for women when playing sport or when graduating. The two activities have a lot in common.
Hanten - short winter coat with a black sateen collar. Is sateen very different to satin? Oh, it uses a satin weave but cotton instead of silk. Checks out.
Happi - straight sleeved coat, now usually worn at festivals. I don't want to look like a japanese hippy. But this is the sort of thing I've been looking at making. The Colonel makes it look good. 
Matsuri Colonel
Oh god no.
Cute Dogs
Haramaki - stretchy stomach cloths. Also 'senninbari'.
Jinbei - pyjamas/house clothes for men and women.
Joe - religious long coat/robe. Usually white.
Junihitoe - 12 layer kimono worn by court ladies. Very beautiful.
Kimono demonstratie
Kappogi - apron for wearing over a kimono. Basically a hospital gown with baggy sleevs that ties at the back. Not sexy.
Kasaya - buddhist robes.
Kimono - literally means 'thing which is worn'.
Koikuchi - men's shirt where the neck resembles the mouth of a carp (koi). No collar and a kind of curved v-neck.
Kosode - worn by men and women. A loose t-shaped robe worn with an obi belt/sash.
Kazuki Veil Kosode
Kubi bukuro - mesh bag designed to attach to the saddle and hold a severed head. I'm thinking crochet.
Mawashi - Sumo belt/loincloth
Yasukuni Sumo
Got to admire the cropping there.
Samue - traditionally what zen buddhist monks wear when they're working. Plain side-tie two-piece cotton pyjama-type things.
Senninbari - the stomach cloth haramaki but this one is a 'thousand stitch belt'. When a man was going off to war (including first world war) his wife/mother would go out and ask passing women on the street to stitch a stitch in the belt so each was done by a different woman. In Shinto this was then believed to be an amulet to keep them safe. Apparently the 'stitch' is a french knot. Amazing.
Senninbari #embroidery
Tobi trousers - I love these! They balloon out past the knees and then gather again at the ankles. It makes japanese workmen (the main wearers) look like a cross between MC Hammer and the original Star Trek crew.
Japanese Workmen Asleep
I would love to wear these. I would look uber ridiculous, but still.
Uwagi - kimono style jacket now worn in martial arts. Closed with an obi belt.
Yukata - casual summer kimono worn by men and women. Unlined and closed with an obi belt. This is not a picture of me, I just like their style.
Yukata (浴衣)
You get these instead of towel robes in japanese hotels.

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