Iro mofuku ( 色喪服 )

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Iro mofuku

Condolence callers started to wear the mofuku after the war. As the kuro mofuku is reserved for family members, kimonos are not often worn by non-family members. This is in deference to the mourning family members. Mourning outfits in terms of formality are – a kuro mofuku with a black mourning obi, an iro mofuku with a black mourning obi, an iro mofuku with a colored mourning obi.

Plain grey, brown or purple iromuji can be worn as an iro mofuku but auspicious prints or kissho prints should not be worn as iro mofuku. A non-glossy chirimen with mourning prints can be made into an iro mofuku. Waves, clouds, the moon and water caltrops are motifs often used for mourning.

Mourning obis often have Sanskrit scriptures or sutras written on them, and obis with chrysanthemum or lotus prints are often worn for mourning. There are also obis made from meibutsugire (famed fabrics) that can be used for both joyous and sad occasions.

White han-eri must be worn, and the obijime and obiage should be plain and match the colored mourning obi. The bag and zori can be made with fabric or leather in black or a plain color.

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