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Unit 4 Kimono, Task 1

Task 1:

Research your interpretation of the theme of "KIMONO". Consider the following ways of generating and developing ideas: mind mapping, word association, primary source photography and drawing, internet & book research, making samples and prototypes.

Being honest with you, I do not have ideas for this unit yet, so I am going to try some different techniques to gain some info and ideas.

I don't know so much about kimonos in order to deconstruct the idea of it, I will collect some informations and inspirations.

First I did a mind mapping of some basic technical info about kimonos:

Then some word associations with all the thing that comes in my mind right now... (about kimonos, but just to let you know I am thinking about making some gnocchi too...)



Because I have mentioned that, there are many kinds of Kimono types and of obi styles, I will collect some photos of the differences between each type, in order to see which could be my inspiration/starting point.

Kinds of Kimono

A yukata (浴衣) is a Japanese casual summer kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, and unlined. The yukata was originally worn as a bathrobe, but in Japan currently, it is generally worn only as a summer garment.

Photo source

Furisode (振袖) (lit., "swinging sleeve") kimono are the most formal kimono for a young, often unmarried, woman.

Photo source

 Hōmongi (訪問着)  are distinguished in their motif placement - the motifs flow across the back right shoulder and back right sleeve, the front left shoulder and front left sleeve, and across the hem, higher at the left than the right. They are always made of silk.

Tsukesage are similar to Homangi and often confused.


Iromuji (色無地) (lit. "solid colour") are monochromatic, undecorated kimono


Edo komon (江戸小紋) is a type of kimono characterised by an extremely small repeating pattern, usually done in white on a coloured background.


Mofuku (喪服) or mourning kimono are plain black silk with five kamon.


Kurotomesode (黒留袖) (black short-sleeve kimono) are formal kimono with a black background and a design along the hem only, worn to formal events such as weddings and wedding parties.


Irotomesode (色留袖) (colour short-sleeve kimono) are slightly lower-ranking formal kimono with roughly the same pattern placement as kurotomesode on a coloured background.



Uchikake (打ち掛け) are highly formal kimono worn only in bridalwear or on stage. Similar case for Shiromuku (白無垢) a wedding kimono worn by the bride for a traditional Japanese Shinto wedding ceremony


Susohiki (lit. "trailing skirt") kimono are extremely long kimono worn by geisha, actors in kabuki and people performing traditional Japanese dance.


Making some samples and prototypes with magazines and collages:

 Because of Covid-19 we posticipate our deadline for this Unit.

Task 1 it's done.


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