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Kurotomesode

I'm going to memorize the above word if it kills me. I keep having to look it up again. It's the type of kimono spacealien_vamp found for me at the Kyoto flea market last year, and is the most formal style for a married woman.

I know sode means sleeve. Anybody know what the rest of it is? One, I'm curious; and two, it'll help me remember.

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coltsbane
May. 26th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
Not sure if the word is 'kurotome' as a whole word, but 'kuro' on its own means black.
wiliqueen
May. 28th, 2006 08:12 am (UTC)
That makes sense -- this type of kimono is always black. Thanks!
spacealien_vamp
May. 28th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Just to add to that--yes, the kuro part means "black." The tome in the middle means "fasten" (as in "pin/hem"), and it modifies the third part ("sleeve"). It differentiates this short-sleeved type from the long, dangling sleeves of an unmarried woman's kimono (furisode).
wiliqueen
May. 28th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
Ah! Thankyouthankyou. And furisode is why I knew the sode part, so that makes good sense. And will definitely help me remember it. Yay!
evil_overlord
May. 27th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Just as an FYI..the hubby found this site and it's *very* interesting....*G* http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/ Though I wish he'd get off his butt and update his site, 'cause he only has the section up for the men's clothing. :P

This definition Kurotomesode (黒留袖 ; くろとめそで): black kimono, patterned only below the waistline, kurotomesode are the most formal kimono for married women. They are often worn by the mothers of the bride and groom at weddings. Kurotomesode usually have five kamon (family crests) which are printed on the sleeves, chest and back of the kimono. I found at http://www.apparelsearch.com/definitions/Clothing/Kimono_definition.htm.

Urgh...now you've got me looking at textile stuff. Always an easy way to distract me....LOL

In closing, I just have to say...you have *any* type of kimono? I'm jealous. heh
wiliqueen
May. 28th, 2006 08:14 am (UTC)
That's actually the same definition they have on Wikipedia. :-D

I have a couple of sites bookmarked that sell kimono, but still haven't gotten round to looking up the informative ones. I know they're out there, and I'll have to find them anyway before I attempt to, say, tie (or have someone tie) my obi...
wiliqueen
May. 28th, 2006 08:22 am (UTC)
Oh, and...
I have it because Pod is a goddess and posted an offer to play buyer when she went to the flea market in Kyoto. The whole schmear (kimono, a haori the kimono guy threw in for free, two pair of tabi, zori, two purses, sash, obi, and belt) came in right at $100. Just the kimono would easily have been half again that price on the relatively-inexpensive dealer sites like:

http://www.ichiroya.com

http://www.yokodana.com
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