How to put on kimono part1 : from putting on kimono to tying koshihimo

How to put on kimono part1 : from putting on kimono to tying koshihimo

Enjoy wearing kimono as one of the fashionable outfits!

In casual situations, you can dress up as you like because of a wide variety of colors and textiles.
Of course, the traditional way of wearing is good, but it’s also good to coordinate with Western clothing accessories like boots, bags and hats…
Have a wonderful kimono life with your free imagination.

Are you ready? Let’s put on kimono!

How to put on kimono

Learning target

  • How to center the back seam
  • How to adjust the hem line
  • How to tie koshihimo


Straighten the fabric grains and put on kimono

hold the collar

1. Hold the center and the short lines of kake-eri on the collar called kake-erisen.

There are 2 types of the collar, hiro-eri, a wide collar and bachi-eri. When you wear kimono with hiro-eri, you fold it into half in advance.


loosen the collar

2. Loosen the collar.


pull the collar

3.  Pull the collar to both sides to straighten the grain lines of the collar.

It’s important to straighten the fabric grain throughout putting on. If you fold all parts exactly, you can wear nicely.


slide the hand on the collar

4. Slide your hand slightly toward the hem and hold the collar with one hand.

Stand straight and look ahead. That’s the best posture to put on kimono!


open the collar

5. Bring it to the back and open the collar.


6. Put kimono on so that the collar of kimono gently touches the collar of juban.


put your arm through the kimono sleeve

7. Hold a juban sleeve and put your arm through the kimono sleeve. Do the same thing for the opposite side.


match up both sleeves

8. Match up both sleeves. Do the same thing for the opposite side.


Center the back seam

center the back seam

9. Match kake-erisen to wear kimono symmetrically. If the collar has no lines, hold it equally.


hold the back seam and collar

10-1. Hold the collar and back seam, move both hands back and forth to center the back seam.

Please move the hands gently. If not so, the collar could loosen.


pose like a scare crow

10-2. Show you another way to center the back seam. Pull the cuffs outward at the same time. It looks like a scare crow.


Adjust the kimono length and width

Stand straight and look straight ahead.

hold the collar about the root of the thigh

11. Slide the hands along the collar and hold the collar about the base of the thigh. It is about 20 cm from the end of the collar called eri-saki.


bring up the skirt part

12. Bring up the skirt part and keep the position of the arms.


13. Slide the skirt part down to adjust the hemline so as to almost touch the floor. Can you see the thin line of the light? That’s good!

In kimono, we call the left front body uwamae and the right front body shitamae. Start with adjusting uwamae in this stage.


bring your left hand horizontally

14. While keeping the height and tension of the arms, bring your left hand horizontally to the right hip bone like sweeping the floor.

Put your feet together and make sure okumi-sen (white arrow) is on the split of the right tabi. After adjusting the left skirt part, open it half.


adjusted the left skirt part

15. Bring the right hand horizontally to the left hip bone while keeping the height and the tension of the arms.

The left body called uwamae always comes above the right body called shitamae.


Twist the right hand up

16. Twist the right hand up so as to raise the right corner called tsumasaki.


17.  While bringing the left hand to the right hip bone, sandwich the right collar edge on your left side with the left skirt part. Then slide the right hand up a little.

If the right skirt part is wider than your body, fold back the excess. This allows you to walk smoothly.


Twist the left hand up

18. Twist the left hand up so as to raise the left corner called tsumasaki.

By doing so, your lower body looks slim like wearing a tight skirt, which called suso-tsubomari.


pull out the extra fabric

19. Carefully pull out the extra fabric around your waist with the right hand while holding the left skirt part in place.

On this stage, you can still adjust your lower body length. When you tie koshihimo, the hemline would rise slightly.


Pull out the extra fabric

20. Pull out the extra fabric all. The fabric is often gathered around the waist.

The extra fabric you pulled out becomes ohashori tuck.

make the back smooth

21. Also make the back smooth.


Tie koshihimo

Usually, the waist is hidden by ohashori like the photo below.

"ohashori" part


On this stage, kimono around waist is folded to show koshihimo.

take "koshihimono" and pass it

22. Take the center of koshihimo and pass it to the right hand.

You are now holding the left collar end with the right hand. So naturally you take koshihimo with the left hand.


slide "koshihimo"

23. Slide koshihimo to the left side around hip bone. Set koshihimo on your favorite position between the belly button and the hip bone.


cross "koshihimo"

24. Cross koshihimo at the hollow of the back. Hold it shortly and pull it horizontally.


pull "koshihimo" diagonally

25. Pull it again diagonally.

It is very important to pull firmly holding near the cross point. If you hold  away from it, you can’t pull enough koshihimo.


tie a knot

26. Bring the ends to the front and tie once.


pass one end between "himo" and the body

27. Pass one end between your body and koshihimo.

By doing so, the knot does not loosen even if you get the hands off. See the photo below.


Go on.

Tie a half bow knot

28. Tie a half bow knot and tuck the ends in.

The ideal tightness is that you can barely put in one finger between the body and koshihimo.


remove wrinkles

29. Remove wrinkles around koshihimo.

It is important to remove wrinkles to do the next step smoothly.


the left end of the collar is firmly held

30. Make sure that the left end of the collar is firmly held by koshihimo.


This is the end of Part 1.

Part 2 starts with making ohashori.

Hang in there!