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  • May 23
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A little about me:

I love to draw, and hope to get better. Part of that is learning to draw everyday, use references, and not be so impatient to get a drawing done. I'm a huge fan of Morguefile.com for reference pics, and if you have some extra cash iStockphoto.com is great too. I also like to read, write, make costumes and basically try out anything creative. :D

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I've been here on dA for years (4-5?) if you count my old accounts, and while I never figured I'd get a Daily Deviation, my Real or Fake kimono tutorial just got one! XD Thank you so much to everyone who's stopping by, and for the faves, and the comments, and to dA for giving me the DD! (I apologize if I don't respond to all the favorites, but I am very thankful for them!) If you are interested in kimono, geisha, or traditional Japan, please also check out my blog, "The Kimono Lady", where I babble on about those sorts of things. :) http://thekimonolady.blogspot.com
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So I woke up this morning to some very cool news: I got First Place in the Beginner category for "Field Trip", the digital painting I did for the "Modernity and Nature" contest! :D There were some really great pieces, and I didn't expect this at all. Thank you so much to Tasastock (https://www.deviantart.com/tasastock) and WW-Stock (https://www.deviantart.com/ww-stock) for hosting! :thumb214102752:
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Woo hoo! I got an honorable mention in ~keiichi93 (https://www.deviantart.com/keiichi93)'s "Frozen in Time" Contest for my Byakuya and Hisana pic. :D A big thank you to him for hosting it! :thumb213732781:
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Hello, Stranger. Hope this finds you, Quartz and Sab in good health. :)
Hey there! Long time no talk. :) I've been doing all right. How about you? Note me if you like!
Hi! :) I couldn't help but notice you had some wonderful tutorials about kimonos that have really helped me, so I just wanted to say thanks for those, and that they're a very useful resource.

I was also wondering if you had any tips regarding male kimonos, or burial kimonos? I noticed you have a blog, so if you've already covered it somewhere there and I missed it, feel free to just paste a link. :) I don't mean to take up too much of your time. Thanks in advance!

Thank you very much. :)

I haven't done a specific post (that I remember: I kept my blog up for three years so you never know ;) ) about men's or burial kimono. Did you have specific questions or were you just hoping for an overview? Let me know and I'll reply accordingly!
Well, specifically, I was wondering if there's anything other than sleeves that differentiates a man's kimono from a woman's. Like, is there a different sash that they wear across their midsection, and if so, how is it folded differently?

Is there anything that does or does not go with a kimono for someone being buried?

I ask these two specifically because I'm working on a concept for an undead character, kind of like a male onryō (怨霊). So any other advice or picture links that you feel like throwing in would be helpful as well. :)

Thank you so much for being willing to take the time to answer my questions, by the way. :)
No problem! :) I know it's an esoteric topic for many.

And good questions!

Beyond sleeves, men's kimono are shorter in length. Men don't blouse their kimono over a hidden cord to make a fold across the abdomen ("ohashori") like women do.

For the kimono itself, these are the only guaranteed ways to tell if one belongs to a man: bottom outside sleeve corner shape (just about a 90 degree angle for men), closed backs on the sleeves, and shorter length. They wear their family crests ("kamon") in the same places as women, and fold left over right like women. Colors are not a guarantee of men's or women's because women can wear the same dark colors as men, and once in a while you'll see a light, pastel men's outfit.

Here's a Tumblr post I did you might find helpful: it features various looks for a man's formal outfit, which includes the haori coat and hakama pants (these are worn over the obi, not under).

Men's obi: Yes, they wear a much thinner obi than women of any age. Their obi are called "kaku obi", and are most commonly tied into the "kai no kuchi" knot, which is worn in the back just like women's knots. They also wear them lower than women and at a bit of an angle, higher in the back than the front. Here's a side-by-side drawing of men and women's looks:

Regarding your character concept, I would say the most obvious thing to show could be the triangle shaped "hat" tied to the front of the head. It's not always used, but that's a classic sign a character in a play/drawing/story etc. is a ghost come back from the dead. Also, remember to make his kimono collar sit right over left (like a backwards "y" when you look at it). Left over right is for the living (both men and women) and right over left for the dead. Men and women wear the same kimono in death, as a note.

One more note is that a normal obi isn't worn: it's more of a loose, thin sash (tied in the front/off to the side rather than the back like normal obi, which makes sense if you remember that another person is dressing the corpse).

Here's a Japanese classical "ghost" (yuurei 幽霊) party costume for reference.

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Thanks for fav :)