Monday, 14 January 2008

What is koshihimo?

Koshihimo (pronounced koh-she-he-mow) are the long narrow strips of cloth with which you secure (tie) your kimono with. These are always hidden from view, and it is considered to be a major faux pas for it to be showing.

These handy little strings are very useful - not only are they used in tying your kimono, but they are also very useful (almost necessary in fact) when tying most obi styles! They can also be used to tie your sleeves up when doing housework so that the sleeves are not dirtied by water/oil/etc.

This item is one of the absolute musts to have when one wishes to wear kimono, even if it is the simple yukata.

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