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Color / Pattern (Spring) [Column / How to choose a kimono vol.1]

One of the pleasures of wearing kimonos is to make the season feeling!
Originally, Japanese who are sensitive to the change of the four seasons change the material, the way of tailoring, the color, etc. like dressing in kimono, like the fixed matches to the season.
There is a reason for that rule, if you understand the meaning, it is by no means troublesome.

So we will talk about ‘color’ how to choose according to the season.

Spring Kimono ,Kyoto,Maica
Spring Kimono ,Kyoto,Maica

◇ Color ◇

In Japan, for a long time, colors themselves had a big meaning, such as representing the position by color. Even in the case of kimono, colors are indispensable for expressing the seasonal feeling.

In kimono, (even for clothes is the same), it is said that the color which anticipated the season a little earlier than the actual is good.
It is from January to May. Although the color tones will change in 5 months, the center is centered on gentle color and cold color as a whole.

Pale pink reminiscent of cherry blossoms and peaches, Yellowish color reminiscent of fresh green, Silver gray color, Wakakusa color, Yamabuki color, Light green, Light blue.
A soft color tones reminiscent of soft sunshine, which makes you feel spring sunlight.

In the February and March, we will anticipate the seasons and choose the color of “spring”.

◇ Material ◇

In the material, for example, I will make a fresh impression with a color reminiscent of spring in New Year and a shiny RINZU.
Let’s choose a tailoring fabric called “Awase”. “Awase” is a kimono with a lining, which is made by sewing two fabrics together.
Speaking of Japanese clothing, mostly this “kimono” kimono. Unlike yukata, there is no sheer feeling, it is the longest term to wear kimono.

◇ Pattern ◇

Orchids, plums, chrysanthemums, bamboo etc are New Year’s celebrated patterns.

January – May Peaches · Irises · Fuji · Tsubaki · Peony · Magnolia etc.

March cherry blossoms (It is a luxurious pattern of about two weeks until cherry blossoms begin to bloom)

※ Reference: motifs of all seasons

Pattern patterned as Kitcho pattern. Tang flowers and arabes which do not actually exist, too.
Instruments such as Genji incense (kenji) and kanzashi, animals such as rabbits and sparrows, Oriental patterns and coptic patterns entered from overseas, patchwork patterns etc.

Geometric pattern
Geometric patterns such as stripes, lattices, checkers, shichiho connectors, Qinghai wave, Kagome etc.

image: Maica, Kyoto