Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Is plus-sized kitsuke possible?
In my last non-photo post I talked about the measurements you need to determine whether or not a kimono will fit you and some of the difficulties that my by encountered by potential kimono-wearers whose bodies are larger than typical Japanese bodies. It can be very difficult to be plus-sized and to participate in kimono-wearing activities, since kimono rarely come in larger sizes -- especially more formal kimono. However, that does not mean that kimono-wearing is entirely impossible. Depending on your specific size, you may be able to find kimono at the larger end of the usual spectrum and wear them by relaxing rules regarding how much the two front panels should overlap. Unfortunately you don’t have much leeway in this -- only a couple of inches, really, but for many people that could be enough. If that won’t work for you, you may be stuck with hunting around for larger yukata and komon (and accepting that larger formal kimono are so rare that I personally have never seen one). If you have the skills or the access to someone who does, you might also be able to make your own kimono as well. Many shops that sell kimono also sell kimono and yukata fabric. Depending on where you live, you may even be lucky enough to have a kimono store nearby that could make a kimono for you, though this option might be very expensive and is probably quite rare outside of Japan. Just be aware that, depending on your size, you may need more than one bolt of fabric and it can be difficult to get matching bolts.