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Unread 10-06-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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What are these called? Kimono tie and shoes

Hi - I'm looking for some help on what these parts are called:

The split toe shoes - I know the split toe socks are tabi socks

The part that ties around the shoulders - I see it on some kimonos but not others. I saw the waitresses wearing it at the local hibachi place - I should've asked them. LOL.

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Unread 10-06-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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If you're referring to the shoe version of a tabi, meant for outdoor use on their own, they're called jikatabi. They look like just indoor tabi (the traditional woven and sewn type, not the two-toed knit sock kind), but where indoor tabi have a woven cloth bottom, jikatabi have a tractioned rubber outsole.

The tie around the shoulders is called a tasuki. It's a sash or cord that's meant to hold the bulky sleeves of a kimono up and back while doing physical labor, so they stay out of the way and don't get dirty. Since Mai has no sleeves, it's purely a design element - there's no functional purpose for her to wear it.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 06:24 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info - I think everything on Mai is purely decorative - lol.

I was looking for the into on the tasuki since all the reference art shows her from the front - I had no idea how the piece tied together in the back. I bought some jikatabi on Amazon of all places - plain canvas ones I can dye brown. Thanks again.
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A tasuki is literally just a strip of cloth. Several of the characters in Spirited Away wear one when they're working in Yubaba's bath house, so that might give you an alternative form of reference.

Mai's looks like it might be made from a braided cord or fabric? I'm not sure though, it just looks like it has kind of a strange wobbly edge based on that artwork.
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Unread 10-11-2012, 12:30 PM   #5
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Tasuki is literally just a long strip of fabric, crossed around the back and then looping around each arm, tied on one side. That's it.
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