tomesode, formal wear for a married woman, for occasions like a relative's wedding (but not for a friend's wedding).
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Kimono #276132 Kimono Flea Market Ichiroya (Kurotomesode are typically the kind of kimono worn by married female relatives of the bride/groom (think mother of the bride/groom). Friends and unmarried women at a wedding wear irotomesode or homongi.)
Tomesode (留袖?) is a type of kimono. It is an expensive formal dress worn by married women. Kuro tomesode (black tomesode) worn at a wedding ceremony. Face blurred for privacy. (黑留袖) by Nesnad. Kuro-tomesode (black tomesode) are often worn for wedding ceremonies by married female relatives of the bride or groom. The eri, obijime and obiage are always white, and the obi matches the colourful pattern of the kimono to signify a happy occasion. It is believed that the black colour is to match the…
"Tomesode" with Lily This is highest class Kimono called “Tomesode”(留袖) for married women with emblems, called “Kuyo-boshi”(九曜星). “Kuyo”(九曜) represents 9 astronomical bodies deriving from Indian astronomy or astrology, that was considered to have influence on prosperity, harvest, and health. Family emblem of “Kuyo-boshi” is reflecting the wish for glory of the family tree.
Kamishichiken-Maiko Lady : Ichimari-san 2011 Nishijin Kimono and Obi Festival Located : Kamigamo Shrine, Rakuhoku area in Kyoto. Nov 3, 2011.