It seems difficult to wear Kimono on your own.
But do not worry. Once you pick up tips, you will be able to wear it on your own!
As a prep before wearing Kimono, put on Japanese style undergarment called Hadajuban and pair of socks called Tabi.
This is also Japanese style undergarment called Nagajuban. You drape it over Hadajubn.
Insert collar core into the neckband of Nagajuban.
Put your arms through the sleeves. There should be no clearance between your neck and the collar at this point of time.
Hold the left and right ends of the collar in one hand. And hold the center line of the back of Nagajuban in the other hand.And pull the back of Nagajuban down at once.
You can release your hands from Nagajuban. But make sure to leave a space about the size of your fist between your neck and the collar.
Hold both sides of collar around bust tops.
First place the right side over yourself. Now the left. The collar should cross above the collar bone.
Some empty space called Miyatsuguchi now remains under the arms.
Slip your hand under this and adjust both sides of collar to be symmetrical.
Place the soft sash just under your busts.
Cross the sash on your back and tighten it in your sides.
Finally tie it in front. The ends of sash should be tucked in as shown.
Without tucking them in, the surface in front become rough.
In order to keep its shape while wearing, smooth out the wrinkles on the back of Nagajuban.
This is Kimono. The Kimono is put on over the Nagajuban.
The collar of Kimono should be folded inside in half.
Drape Kimono over yourself from your back.
Be careful not to squash its collar.
Hold the end sleeves of Nagajuban and slip your arms through the sleeves. Adjust the sleeves of Kimono to those of Nagajuban.
Hold the top of the sleeves and pull on both left and right sleeves to be symmetrical.
Hold the ends of Kimono sleeves and lift them up at once.
Bring the hemline to just above the floor.
In order to decide the width of the Left side portion of Kimono, drape it over to your right side of your body.
Open the left side. And Bring the right side of Kimono to left side of your hip bone.(This will be the inner layer.)
Pull the left side hem up for 10-15cm.
Then, fold the left side of Kimono to overlap on the top and meet the right side of your hip bone.
You do this as if you sweep the floor.
Pull the right side hem up a little.
Hold this firmly with one hand and take the waist cord in the other hand.
Place the waist cord and wrap it around your body.
Cross the waist cord on your back.
Keep the position of waist cord as now.
Slip your hand into the empty space under the arms and smooth out the slack.
In back, be sure the collar of Kimono goes up around 1cm higher than its Nagajuban.
You can see the crossing points of Nagajuban and Kimono on the collar.
Adjust the crossing points to below your ears.
In front, Nagajuban has to be seen for first joint worth length from underneath Kimono.
After adjusting the collar position, fix the position with clip of gum belt.
Smooth out the wrinkles above the gum belt.
Make sure that center fold line on your back is placed on the center of your back.
Smooth out the wrinkles.
This is a soft sash called Datejime.
Place the Datejime in front and cross it on the back. Then, tie it in front tuck the ends as shown.
Then again, smooth out the wrinkles.
This is Obi.
There are so many ways to tie the Obi depending on the style. We will show you one example today.
At first, fold the Obi as if you fold a screen.
Hold the end of Obi in your right hand and wrap it around your waist.
And then, pass the end of Obi to your left hand in front.
Obi should be better place little higher than your waist line.
Adjust the left side’s length of Obi to 50-60 cm or little longer than your arm.
After you fix the length, fold the left end of Obi in half as shown.
Pass the end of Obi from your left to right hand and tuck it into the gap between the Obi and your waist.
You turn around and wrap the sash around your waist.
In order to make Obi tie easier, fold the Obi diagonally as shown.
Wrap the shorter end of Obi around the longer end.
The shorter end is to be remained hanging down but the longer end should be folded as the width of your body in front.
Fold the Obi as Swiss roll and adjust the size as you like.
Pick the center of both top and bottom of Obi with your fingers.
Adjust the Obi bow as if making two mountains.
Wind the Obi from above as shown and tighten a knot.
Tuck the end of Obi into the gap between the Obi and your waist.
Arrange the bow in any shape as you like.
Hold both front and back of Obi and reverse them at once.
The end of Obi should be tucked in.
Check and smooth out your Kimono with your hand.
This band plate called Obi-ita takes the wrinkles on the Obi-belt.
So, insert it in front.
It’s all done now!
We also show you how to wear Kimono with very detailed video on Youtube.
Please give a try to wear Kimono on your own!!!