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Inspired by the legendary mystique of Japanese Geisha culture, this ensemble features all layering components necessary to create this singularly graceful silhouette, unchanged since antiquity. Made completely by hand, and with respect to traditional kimono-making
methods, the set features: The Nagajuban (sheer Georgette undergarment), Datejime (padded 2-piece underbelt), The Kimono proper (with dramatic furisode sleeves), the enormous Obi (5-meter decorative sash, wound around the body several times and finished in an ornate bow at the back), 2 Koshi Himo (decorative red sashes bound at the waist and bust), an Obi Makura (small pillow-like bustle resting within the Obi knot to add support and fullness), an Obiage (decorative sash, tying the Obi Makura in place and knotting under the Obi between the breasts. This feature is considered the Geisha equivalent of cleavage!), an Obi Ita (flat, stiffened board placed under front of obi to eliminate wrinkles), anObi Jime (decorative cord belt), Tabi (traditional white socks), a fan and a decorative headpiece.
Such a piece would be commonly worn by a young maiko, an apprentice Geisha, shortly before her coming-of-age.
The striking flashes of bright red within her Kimono would be a sign to her many admirers that her Mizuage, her virginity, is ripe for sale. Although the selling of sexual favors is never the custom of the Geisha, her virginity is considered her prime commodity. The purchaser of which will become her Danna, her dedicated patron and benefactor. In this way, many young Geisha free themselves from debt at an early age, and maintain relatively independent lives. The name "Hanamachi" comes from the traditional district of the Geisha, and means literally "flower town". Such districts can be found all over Japan, and are known as hubs of culture, tradition and exquisite refinement.
"Hanamachi" Traditional Kimono Ensemble
13-piece Japanese Kimono set - Geometric Buzoku Cotton Duck with Rayon Lining - January 2017