Archive for May 2014

How many miles of silk fibre in a Japanese kimono?

silk moth, silkworm and silk cocoons

Yes, how many miles of fibre in a silk kimono. But before we try to answer that question, a few words on the fascinating topic of how silk is made.

"With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown". An elegant Chinese proverb, though in practice with a few tons of mulberry leaves, a large number of silkworms and the right conditions, a kimono's worth of raw silk can be produced in a couple of months. Silk, the queen of fabrics, is admired for its beauty, lightness and strength, yet the story of how it is cultivated is even more remarkable.

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Tags: japanese kimono | silk kimono | silk | cocoon | silkworm

Star in a kimono: William Roache

William Roache as Ken Barlow sitting in kimono

Scenes in Coronation Street starring actor William Roache wearing a kimono as Ken Barlow had to be reshot due to the shortness of the garment. Roache, shown here in the offending item, first wore the kimono at one of his screen wife Deirdre's dinner parties in 2009. A new series of scenes showing Roache sporting the kimono was planned during the love affair with Martha Fraser storyline, but had to be scrapped because coming down stairs or sitting down would have revealed just a little more than the audience bargained for. Reshooting the scenes with a more decent kimono cost the Coronation Street team about £25,000. Roache is reported to have been happy to wear the original.

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Tags: star in a kimono | kimono

How to fold a kimono

geisha folding a kimono

It is not difficult to fold a kimono once a few simple steps have been learnt. We have included a step-by-step diagram below, followed by an excellent video, in which a Japanese lady demonstrates the technique slowly and clearly. You definitely do not need to understand what she says, but you will want to hear the very catchy Japanese soundtrack.

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Tags: how to fold kimono | Japanese kimono | traditional | video

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