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Unread 03-18-2009, 06:29 PM   #1
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Kimono material help

I was wondering if someone could tell me what fabric I should use for making a Kimono.

I read that they usually use silk, but most of time I see people wearing different materials, like the woman in this video:

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What material is she wearing anyhow?
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Unread 03-18-2009, 06:31 PM   #2
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It looks to me like that woman is wearing a yukata, which would be a high-quality cotton.
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So what would you use to make Kimonos?
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Cotton is the most common. Silk is usually for formal pieces or obis.
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Most kimono are made of silk, but the way the silk is woven and the way it's dyed make it more casual or more dressy. Patterns that are hand-painted or embroidered are more formal, while plain colours or woven-in patterns (like stripes) are more casual. Common weaves for kimono are jaquard-weave (for formal kimono), crepe (for formal or casual) and plain-weave (for casual).

Some modern casual kimono are also made of polyester, in a variety of weaves. Cotton is for yukata, which are super-casual kimono only for summer festivals.

Avoid satin or Chinese brocades as they are unsuitable.
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So what would you use to make Kimonos?
It depends on what kind of kimono I wanted to make. As Sarcasm-hime says, most formal and semi-formal kimono are made of silk or polyester-- cotton is generally reserved just for yukata, which are extremely informal and not technically considered kimono. All the kimono I own, even the relatively casual ones, are silk, mostly a very heavyweight silk with a crepe texture called chirimen. That fabric isn't readily available to me as an American seamstress, though, so when I need to make a kimono or kimono-like garment, I take a long careful look at my source material. How does the fabric in the picture/movie/anime flow? How heavy is it? Does it have a sheen or is it matte? Plain or patterned? Etc. etc. And then I make my fabric choice from there. I've used heavy cotton sateen to good effect- mostly you want to be sure the fabric is heavy enough and drapes well enough that it will fall straight down when you wear it. You don't want anything that's going to shift around and wrinkle too much as you move.
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