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Bride's Wedding Shiromuku Kimono 1
  • A bride's shiromuku kakeshita. Due to weight I will send this by courier, e.g. Evri, rather than ParcelForce,  who charge ridiculous, unreasonable prices
  • Silk and synthetic mix
  • Shiromuku means "ready to be dyed", because it is plain white which can be dyed any colour, and refers to the bride being "ready to be dyed the colour of the groom". White is also considered to be the colour of purity. Nowadays a bride may settle for just the white kimono and obi, with perhaps a colourful uchikake worn open on top but traditionally the bride's first outfit, for the duration of the actual ceremony, is made up of more items and all white. The Shinto bride's outfit includes a hat; either a simple, soft, semi circular one called a wataboshi (the equivalent of a veil) which hides her face from all but face on view or a hat called a tsunokakushi (meaning horn cover), which is said to hide her horns of jealousy. She would also have an obi, obiage, obijime, a dagger case, a small mirror case, a fan that is gold on one side and silver on the other and, on her feet, white tabi socks and zori shoes. On top she may wear an uchikake, a very heavy kimono that is worn without an obi. It is usually white for the ceremony and brightly coloured after the ceremony. A new uchikake will cost ten to twenty thousand pounds or even more, so they are usually hired but that still costs a few thousand just to hire, so a vintage one is a much more affordable purchase

Extremely good

Sleeve end to sleeve end 130 cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam (yuki) 65 cm
Length 180 cm

Bride's Wedding Shiromuku Kimono

SKU: wk559
£315.00 Regular Price
£267.75Sale Price
  • Kimono require a sash to hold them closed. This is always bought separately. Men usually wear a kaku obi with their kimono or, casually at home, a soft heko obi

    Sizing: Japanese clothing is usually of adjustable fit, being mostly wrap-over or tie-to-fit items, so most garments fit a range of sizes. Because of this (and only really knowing my own size anyway) I can't really advise anyone on the fit. Please judge fit from the measurements given. Check length given for the garment, then measure from base of back of your neck down to judge that length on you
    Also measure from centre back of neck, along shoulder and down the arm to the wrist, then double that and compare it with the sleeve end measurement to judge sleeve length

    Some of my garments have white stitching (shitsuke) round the outside edges to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment

    Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing kimonos. All cleaning is done entirely at your own risk, as is standard with all vintage garments and items. I would advise only dry cleaning

    Colour: Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only

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