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May 20th, 2004

(no subject) @ 11:55 pm

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From:xeger
Date:May 21st, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Hrm. It's very pretty, but it's vastly too small for you [the sleeves are likely to end around your elbow, if I'm reading the sizing correctly]. The dye work that it has is delightful though :)
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From:moof
Date:May 21st, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. I was under the impression that for this style that the sleeves were supposed to be short; the thing's 61" long, which makes it nigh-gigantic. (Then again, it is a woman's kimono and would be folded at the waist, I think; I'm having a hell of a time finding out what the names of the various styles for men are - that is, even they even have names of their own.)
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From:xeger
Date:May 21st, 2004 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Even the summer yukata usually go to mid-forearm ;)

At any rate, the way to sort out size is the wrist-to-wrist width, rather than the length, which [as long as it's long enough], you just tuck up [well, actually - you blouse over, but that's getting annoyingly persnickety].

The mens styles definitely have their own names, although I'm not nearly as good with them. There's some vaguely useful information here, depending on what sort of information you're looking for.

That site maintains that it's okay for men to wear fantastical kimono... but quite frankly, their suggestion doesn't match at all with my modern day experience [the kimono that the gentleman in their picture is wearing is -loud-, to say the least. Think 'american tourist in hawaiian shirt' loud :)].

Oh!

When they say "short" for sleeves, they mean how far they hang down from the shoulder towards the ground, not how close to your wrist they get!

Furisode, for example are an unmarried girls' sleeves - very long, brightly coloured, and fluttery. Kosode are much shorter :) Here's an example of what I'm talking about :)

Obviously I geek a bit about this sort of thing - so, uh... ask *grin*

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