Tsukesage ( 付下げ )

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This is a kimono that is considered less formal that a houmongi.

The tsukesage was created during the war as an alternative to the more extravagant houmongi. It is less formal than a houmongi yet ranks higher than a komon, so it can be worn at many different occasions.

The tsukesage is seen to be less elaborate than the houmongi. It is often sold as in the form of a tan-mono (fabric roll). The pattern does not extend across the seams of the kimono, so some tsukesage can look like a houmongi while others may look like a casual komon. The prints on a tsukesage flow upwards both in the front and the back.

The obi of a tsukesage is chosen to match the pattern. They can be worn in both formal and casual styles. A tsukesage with gold/silver-leaf patterns can be matched with a gold obi for a friend’s wedding ceremony while a tsukesage with a more casual design can be worn to a concert or a dinner party. At more formal events like a tea ceremony, a crested tsukesage can be worn with a fukuro obi. A Nagoya obi can be used for less formal gatherings. Tsukesage in subdued colors or those made of pongee can be worn to casual outings such as a lunch or to watch a play.

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