The transformation of a frisode, worn during the Coming-of-Age ceremony, into a hikifurisode wedding gown




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This time, we’ll tell you about some of our transformation work – changing a furisode into hikifurisode.

The first case, is regarding a young lady who was a bride-to-be. She was considering searching for and renting the wedding dress of her dreams. Whilst doing so, she became attracted to the beauty of hikifurisode and thought, “Hikifurisode sounds like a great idea.” She immediately tried to find one, but could not find exactly what she was looking for, it was then that the thought crossed her mind, “How about using my own frisode? I’m sure it could make the perfect wedding gown.” That’s why she brought her kimono to our shop.

The difference between furisode and hikifurisode


The following are the four main characteristics of hikifurisode, which differentiate it from furisode.

1. Hikifurisode has padded hem and cuffs called “Fukiwata (Fuki means edge of the hem and the cuffs, wata means cotton).

2. Hikifurisode has another decorative feature called Hiyoku (double-layered lining).

3. The two types of kimono are also different in size, like, the length of eri (collar) and mitake (the length from shoulder to hem). When wearing, the angle of the collar set back from the neck is also different. Such differences allow hikifurisode to be worn trailing, as a matter of fact, hiki means dragging, therefore, hikifurisode literally means dragging furisode.

4. When wearing hikifurisode, some specific articles are used, which do not come with furisode, like hakoseko (ornamental pocketbook) and kakae-obi (thin sash tied at the bottom of the obi)

– 4-1. As for fukiwata (No.1), these photos would help you to better understand what it is.

– 4-2. Hiyoku (No.2) is an added layer of white lining stitched to kurotomesode (tomesode is a formal kimono worn by married women. Kuro means black, that is, kurotomesode is black tomesode) Originally, hiyoku was a type of kimono undergarment called Kasane worn between nagajuban (under-kimono) and tomesode. However, in order to make the kimono easier to wear, the former full-length under-kimono is now replaced by a kind of decorative second layer. Hiyoku is not only for tomesode, but for hikifurisode as well.

– 4-3. As mentioned in No 3, in some parts, furisode and hikifurisode are different in size. They should be, as they are dressed in different ways. When wearing furisode, ohashori is necessary, but not for hikifurisode (Ohashori is pulling up a kimono until the edge of the hem comes to the height of the ankle and the remaining part is folded down and put in place with an obi at the waist). And in hikifurisode, the collar is dipped, being pulled backward further than in furisode. A hikifurisode in appropriate size satisfies these unique requirements and will make you look nicer and more sophisticated when you’re dressed in it.

– 4-4. Small accessories used only with hikifurisode include hakoseko and kakaeobi, as already stated in No.4. In addition, obijime (thin cord put around the obi) used with hikifurisode is a little bit wider than one with furisode.

Procedures for making a furisode into a hikifurisode


At different shops, they may have their own methods. And at Darumaya, we have our own way for making over kimonos. In almost all cases, we start the work with Araihari (removing all stiches from a kimono, thus turning it back to its original form ready for washing). As explained in No.3, these two types of kimonos – furisode and hikifurisode – have different ways of dressing, therefore different structures, which means tailoring a hikifurisode from scratch will make our customers look more attractive and beautiful whey they are dressed in the kimono.

In altering a frisode to a hikifurisode,, we sometimes change the color of hakkake. As for hiyoku, it should always be white in the case of kurotomesode. On the other hand, when it comes to hikifurisode, there are a wider variety of choices and it doesn’t necessisarily need to be white. Any color can be picked up to make the perfect combination with the color of the kimono.

Depending on the colors and patterns of kimonos that clients bring to us, we can give advice so that their kimonos would be able to have the best possible appearance.

Now, we’ll show you a few of our works with some photos.

A customer in her furisode on the day of the Coming-of-Age ceremony



After being turned into a hikifurisode


Originally, the color of hakkake was orange, but we changed it into a bright red. Although in most cases, hiyoku is white, in this case, we chose the same bright red as hakkake for the long sleeves and the collar. As for the body part, we chose white so that the two colors of red and white would subtly show themselves, one after another.

After posting this case on our website, we began to get a lot of comments and inquiries, including requests from some people who wanted to have their kimonos altered into wedding dresses in the form of hikifurisode.

A case of altering a black-grounded furisode into a hikifurisode


After being turned into a hikifurisode


Also in this case, we used a red lining for hakkake


The couple said they would show us their wedding photos. We can hardly wait to see them!

This was a case in which a mother offered her furisode that she wore on her Coming-of-Age ceremony, to a young lady who was to marry the mothers son.


After being turned into a hikifurisode


Because her children are all boys, the mother had given up the idea of making good use of her kimono. So when she came to our shop, she looked very happy, as her future daughter-in-law had decided to wear her kimono in the wedding ceremony.

Of course, you can rent a hikifurisode, but wearing a kimono to which you have a personal attachment is something special and will surely make your wedding a memorable one.

We are really happy if these cases can help you come up with good ideas about how to deal with your furisode.

This article by
Darumaya Kyozome Honten
5-7 Akashi-cho, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

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