Kimono in the top drawer


In Japan autumn is good for dry and air kimono(Japanese traditional cloth) to protect it from mold and insects. High quality kimono is made of silk. Silk is not appropriate to be washed often, and vulnerable to  mold and insects. So people put kimono in special drawers(→drawers for kimono) and dry it regurally in autumn and winter.

In the top drawer we put kimono which we wear rarely and wear at the event we do not expect it happen often.
That is mourning dress.

Japanese mourning dress is called Mofuku which is made of solid black cloth. Other items we put on are also black, obi(belt for kimono) and zori(shoes for kimono) and bag. Only nagajuban(underwear for kimono, a white collar sewn on it is shown) and tabi(socks for kimono)is white.

They are kept brand-new with basting yarn. We wear this kimono when our near relatives pass away. It’s happy that I have’nt wear them yet. They are kept brand-new with basting yarn.


In summer we wear sea-trough kimono called Ro and Sya. This mofuku for summer is Ro and nagajuban(in photo below) is Sya.

Obi with basting yarn, Obiage and Obijime are accessories to fasten Obi. They are black ones only for mourning dress. Right is for summer season.

Right obijime is for summer.

Some people wear white Mofuku which used to be more popular than black mofuku before Meiji era(1868~1912).

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