Uchikake: An outer robe worn as part of the bridal wedding costume. Traditionally, the uchikake
was red, but robes are created using an infinite number of colors and patterns.

Shiromuku: The first outer robe worn during a wedding ceremony. This is a white wedding robe
using elaborate embroidery.

Kakeshita: The kimono worn under the ceremonial uchikake.

Furisode: Long sleeved kimono worn by single women. These kimono are worn for special
occasions. Bridal furisode have a heavier lined hem. They come in a broad range of colors and
patterns. There are three different sleeve lengths: koburisode (short), chuburisode (medium) and
oburisode (long).

Tomesode: The most formal attire for the married woman. There are two types, kuro (black) and iro
(colored). The black tomesode is more formal than the colored tomesode.

Homongi: This is a simplified version of the furisode and tomesode. Generally it is designed with a
tsukesage pattern (the pattern starts at the hem). sukesage tomesode are different from
tsukesage homongi in that only the skirt of the tomesode is patterned.

Tsumugi: A very casual kimono using a less expensive grade of silk.

Yukata: Unlined summer kimono for festivals and events.


Iro muji: This is a kimono using only one color.

Tsukesage: The pattern rises from the hemline and lightly patterns the front of only one sleeve.

Komon: Small patterns stenciled over and over onto the kimono.

Yuzen: Hand-painted dye technique.

Shibori: Small pin-dot tie-dye technique.

Omeshi: A plain weave of tightly woven fabric. The texture is rather rough.

Bingata: A traditional Okinawan stenciled pattern usually done on red or yellow fabric. All the
patterns are basically done in vertical or horizontal lines.


Maru: The most formal obi used mostly for wedding.

Fukuro: Used for special occasions. Is slightly shorter than the maru obi. Forty percent of the piece
does not have a pattern.

Nagoya: Uses less material than the fukuro obi. Less formal than the fukuro obi.

Fukuro Nagoya: Double fold version of the Nagoya obi. Slightly more formal than the regular
Nagoya obi.

Han haba: Used with yukata or wool kimono.

Kakeshita: Ceremonial obi used with the wedding kimono.

Odori: This obi is used for dances.

Tsuke: An obi with a ready-made bow. A two-piece obi.


Nagajuban: Under kimono.

Kimono slip: A full slip, used in place of a separate hadajuban and susoyoke.

Hadajuban: Kimono undershirt.

Susoyoke: Kimono half slip.

Han eri: Kimono collar.

Kantan han eri: Easy kimono collar.

Date jime (maki): Used to hold the nagajuban and kimono closed.

Date eri: Sewn to the inside of the kimono collar.

Obi ita: Prevents the kimono and obi form wrinkling.

Obi makura: Shapes the obi bow. There are generally three types: makura for older women, makura
for younger women and a multi-purpose use makura.

Obidomegane: Obi clip used to hold the obi together while it is being tied and shaped. Prevents
the obi from being tied too much.

Obi age: Decorative accessory that holds the makura in place.

Obi jime: Decorative accessory that accents the obi and helps hold the obi bow in place.

Koshi himo: Used to tie the nagajuban and kimono in place.

Korin: belt Helps to secure the nagajuban and kimono.

Eri: Stiffens the nagajuban collar.
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