The 8 Kimono-Parts (Die 8 Kimono-Teile). By V. Nagata

The 8 Kimono-Parts: diagram + terms

To know what a kimono consists of…

… is, in my opinion, quite useful, especially for people who might tend to get deeper into kimono related things. When seeing a fully-sewn kimono you might misunderstand the construction of this traditional japanese garment. Lots of people have tried to sew a kimono by themselves without any deeper understanding of the kimono-parts‘ shape. When you ever have detached a kimono, you’ll know that it is made of nothing but rectangles.
To sew 1 kimono, you’ll usually have to cut a bolt of japanese fabric into 8 parts: 2 sleeves, 2 main panels, 2 overlaps, 1 collar and 1 overcollar = 8 pieces, all of them rectangles.

The kimono-parts, translated into English

kimono-parts: diagram, by V. Nagata

Kimono-parts: 8 parts = 1 kimono

As you can see, the diagram is about the kimono-parts and their terms in English and Japanese. I already did a german version of this earlier. But as some of you kimono-fans will surely prefer english contents, I made a translated version of this diagram, hoping it could be of some use for you.
I wrote the japanese terms in rômaji und kanji in order to offer the commonly used terms. Just for the case you want to do a google search for deeper knowledge about the kimono-parts.

The 8 kimono-parts, bilingual diagram

A click on the image will open a new window with the full-size image. The colour scheme will lead you from the kimono-parts to their terminology in English and Japanese, while the japanese terms are provided in rômaji and kanji.

The kimono-parts in Japanese writings

If you are a kimono-researcher or just want to learn more about those mysterious rectangles,which a kimono is constructed of, you’ll need the japanese writings as plain text.

So here they are:
Kanji   (alternative Kanji writing) / Hiragana (Rômaji)

  •   /  そで (sode)
    • 右袖  / みぎそで (migi-sode)
    • 左袖  / ひだりそで (hidari-sode)
  • 身頃  /  みごろ (migoro)
  •   /  おくみ (okumi)
  •   (or 衿)  /  えり (eri: 2 possible kanji-writings)
  • 共襟 (or 友衿)  /  ともえり (tomo-eri: 2 possible kanji-writings)

If you do have any questions on the kimono-parts or other kimono-related topics, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

Click here to read this article in German…

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