|Not a wedding dress, I promise.|
Fortunately, I've decided to accompany my purchase with a membership in the AIU Kimono-Wearing Club-- a weekly session in which, clucked over by a pair of faintly maternal technique specialists, I've been learning the proper techniques for donning and removing (heh heh) Japanese garments, as well as proper clothes folding: no mean feat, since a different technique is required for each garment, each of which, from the diagrams and instruction I've seen, apparently violates several laws of topology. )
Here's how it all looks when I put it all on. We begin by donning the juban, or innermost robe, and tying it with an inner set of cloth strips, or himo.
|The t-shirt is not authentic.|
With the juban and kimono in place, one then dons the haori, a sleeved short-coat held closed by a set of tasseled ties. And this is the final result:
|In retrospect the socks were a mistake too.|