Monday, 7 January 2008

What is tabi?

Tabi are the split-toe socks one wears with kimono (though not with yukata - that is too informal for tabi). They are usually the first thing to go on after one has put on certain undergarments (except for juban - there are undergarments to protect juban from the skin too, usually made of cotton) because it is difficult to put them on once the whole ensemble is on.

Tabi is an important part of a kimono ensemble, and any ensemble would look incomplete without it (once again, except for yukata). Tabi are traditionally a plain white, but may come in various colours, patterns and types of cloth. They may be a patterned red, or made of lace. Plain black tabi are usually worn for funerals only.

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