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Kimono Diagram by megpie252 Kimono Diagram by megpie252
A kimono, the traditional Japanese dress =D
this one, obviously, is a women's kimono.
The finest Kimono are hand-dyed and made of silk (and also VERY expensive!!)
This diagram is for Winter, Spring, and Fall kimono (or just your everyday geisha's kimono, but they wear it a little differently).

And the difference between different types of kimono:
Winter: made out of a thicker cloth. Usually neutral colors or pastels.
Spring: Made of a thinner cloth. Usually light colors, but often very bright. The patterns are usually flowers, birds, butterflies, plants, ect. (the kimono in the drawing is a Spring kimono =D)
Fall: Made of a slightly thicker cloth than the Spring kimono. Usually brightly colored, in reds, yellows, and greens.

And I didn't list Summer kimono, I know. A women's summer kimono is called a yukata, and the only major difference is that instead of an obi, it just has a sash tied in a bow in back. And the sash is tied around the waist, not under the bustline :hmm:

Often times the collar of the kimono isn't a different color from the rest of the dress.... (it's usually the same color and pattern) but I like drawing them that way :)
And another thing to remember is that the obi and that little cloth that holds the obi down at the top are usually very brightly colored and don't really match the kimono :XD:

Kanamari (c) ME! NO STEALING! (Yes I used Kanamari lol. She's short like the average Japanese woman, so she just naturally looks good in kimono :XD:)

Hope you find this helpful =D

EDIT: People have been saying this is helpful.... But it's kind of inaccurate... Sometime soon I will re-draw it.
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:icondraguagirl:
DraguaGirl Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
SOOOO HELPFUL! I used it to help with a cosplay of mine. :D
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D I hope your cosplay goes well.

One of these days I should really redo this diagram. :XD:
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DraguaGirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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JennyJonu Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ah, it's really cool! I'm using this for future references! :D
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you :D I hope it works well for you.
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Icetalon-and-Company Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
I used this to help me draw a kimono for a project. I must say, it's very useful and well-drawn. Thank you for making it! :3
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you. I'm glad it helped you out :D
I think I might re-draw it sometime. It's actually missing a couple things, and the lines aren't straight :XD:
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mariafox Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
The wide sleeves are what women wear when they turn 20, right?
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Well yes, but its basically long sleeves for any unmarried woman.
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TDI2789 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MY PRAYORS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Student General Artist
you're welcome...?
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:icontdi2789:
TDI2789 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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ladyXmukuro Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008   Filmographer
i have two furasado. summer kimonos my cousin sent overseas. a plain pink one that looks like botans and a baby blue one with and indigo obi. fav birthday present ever.
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Student General Artist
Furisode? aren't those the one for the coming of age ceremony with super huge sleeves?
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:iconladyxmukuro:
ladyXmukuro Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008   Filmographer
yes it is. he gave them to me when i turned 18.
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Student General Artist
nice lol
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ZaraAlfonso Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Yay thanks
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Student General Artist
...youre... welcome?
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Shelly-oneechan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Don't they wear a special type of kimono for coming-of-age day? With extra long sleeves or something. :hmm:
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Student General Artist
Oh yeah, the furisode. When you turn 20 =D
I think there's more to it than just the sleeves, but i don't know much about those :XD:
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Shelly-oneechan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Yeah, I read up on them. It signifies that a woman is old enough to be married, but isn't. Normally they only wear it on the secon monday of february, coming of age day. They did an article on the day in Shojo Beat. Looks cool. I wonder if anywhere in America celebrates it.
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Student General Artist
I wish :XD: Maybe they have something in Saukra Square. ;) Lucky i live like 20 mins away from there =D
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Shelly-oneechan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Ohh. I wanna see! They's got something like that in DC. After the war, Japan sent over a bunch of Cherry Blossom trees to signify peace. They're all planted there. I want to visit one day.
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Student General Artist
yeahh. The sakura trees in sakura square are actually pretty pathetic. :XD: they have like, one. and it's puny. but they do have a festival. with a lady that sells kimono. need to go to that.
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Shelly-oneechan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
I heard the ones in DC are magnificent. You should try that whenever you get the chance.
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Student General Artist
Well they better be they're like way old :XD:
I had a beautiful sakura tree in my front yard at my old house :3 it was HUUUGE and it had double blossoms :3 i miss it
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starykid Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Weird, I went on this site that said kimonos are left over right and have a big bow in the back, I'm ignoring that site from now on.
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Student General Artist
Uhh :XD: Actually it was right, it is left over right, and it does have a big bow in the back, the bow just doesn't look like a bow =D
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starykid Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
...ok!
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eternal-song Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
cool. don't they cross it right over left when for funerals?
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Student General Artist
On a dead person it's right over left :XD:
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eternal-song Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
i kne it was something like that.
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Student General Artist
Yep =D
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Nicole-Aoi-135 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Ooh! This is handy!
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Student General Artist
Lol thanks?
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Nicole-Aoi-135 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
^-^ You're welcome!
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maniac-fangirl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
YAYSYS! but it is confusing
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Well that's your problem lol
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maniac-fangirl Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
YAYSYS!
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ENwings Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student General Artist
wow It took an entire book to tell me all that you have illustrated here, lol Cute kimono and very informational!!
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Lol thanks :XD:
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mewvalyninja Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
very nice and... very useful!

Thanks! ^ V ^
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student General Artist
thank you and you're welcome?
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whitesnowskater Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Haha.. what's with you and that wide sleeves aren't for old women?? LOL.. are you sticking to that idea??
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student General Artist
WELL it's true! :XD:
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whitesnowskater Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Haha.. :XD: Well at least this drawing has the droopy sleeves..
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Lol. Yeah
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Becca-chan873 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Nice this could help
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:iconmegpie252:
megpie252 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student General Artist
thanks :0
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:iconbecca-chan873:
Becca-chan873 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
welcome
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