How many kimono measurements do you know?
In fact, about 20 measurements are required when tailoring a kimono.
Here I introduce the kimono measurements along with the standard measurements.
20 kimono measurements
The 20 measurements are written down below.
Names of Kimono English version is in preparation.
File no.1 on the STUDENTS ONLY page can be used as a reference material instead of Figure#1.
How to determine kimono measurements
Here is how to determine the standard measurements of kimono.
- Mitake = height (of body)
- Yuki = Take measurements from the neck to the wrist.
- Sodehaba = Yuki – Katahaba
- Katahaba = Yuki – Sodehaba
- Sodetake = 49cm
- Sodeguchi = 22.5cm
- Sodetsuke = 22.5cm
- Miyatsukuchi = 15cm
- Sode Marumi = 2cm
- Maehaba = depends on your hip size
- Ushirohaba = depends on your hip size
- Dakihaba = Same as the Maehaba width, or Maehaba -1cm
- Okumihaba = 15cm
- Aizumahaba = 14cm or Same as the Okumihaba
- Tsumashita = half of the Mitake
- Kurikoshi = 2.6cm
- Okumisagari = 22.5cm
- Eri Tsukekomi = 1cm or 2cm
- Kensaki Nuikomi = 7.5cm
- Kataaki = 8.7cm
Measurements are for a women’s kimono.
Measurements will vary depending on body type.
Combinations with Nagajuban are disregarded.
Points to kimono measurements
These four measurements vary depending on the region, the kimono shop’s policy, and where the tailor has been trained.
Let’s take a closer look at what the differences are.
If you set the Dakihaba
The basic : Dakihaba = Maehaba – 1cm.
If you don’t set the Dakihaba
The basic : Dakihaba = Maehaba
The same width of the Maehaba is used from the hem to the Kensaki.
If you set the Aizumahaba
The basic : Okumihaba – 1cm
If you don’t set the Aizumahaba
The same width of the Okumihaba.
There are two main types: 1cm or 2cm
In many cases, it depends on how the Kataaki is cut.
There are two ways to cut the Kataaki.
One is to cut in a straight line, and the other is to cut in a curve.
If it is cut in a curve, how much roundness is needed depends on the kimono shop and the tailor.
Kimono measurements vary slightly from region to region, kimono shop to kimono shop, and tailor to tailor. I believe that these subtle differences affect the way the kimonos look and feel.
First, I would like to try on my own body to find out more about the “kimono figure and measurements”.
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