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What are “mitake” and “kitake”?

Kimono has two lengths of the back.

Sometimes we confuse “mitake” with “kitake”.

To know the difference is very important because when we buy or sew kimono.

Now, let’s make it clear!

 

What is “mitake”?

Women’s kimono is longer than your body.

You’ll see when you just put it on.

A length close to your height is suitable for you.

That’s called “mitake” which means a finished length of the kimono.

And “mitake” has two types. They are “se-mitake” or the length of the back seam and “kata-mitake ” or the length from the shoulder to hem.

se-mitake, kata-mitake
This second-hand “meisen” I purchased online, of which back center length is 139.5 cm, length from shoulder to hem is 143.5 cm. If your height is 165 cm or more, you might wear it without “ohashori” tuck.

 

What is “kitake”?

What is “kitake” ?

It is the length when you worn.

You can adjust the length by yourself.

The men’s kimonos are tailored with the length called “tsuitake” .

“Tsuitake” equals “mitake”.

So men’s kimonos don’t have “ohashori”.

se-kitake,kata-kitake

 

The length of “mitake” to make enough “ohashori”

The length of “mitake” is almost your height, but there are “se-mitake” and “kata-mitake”.

“Se-mitake” is the length from rightunder the collar to the hem, so-called the length of the back seam.

“Kata-mitake” is the length from the soulder to the hem.

In case of tailoring, cut with “kata-mitake”‘s length.

 

Relations between the lengths in tailoring

Height = “kata-mitake” = X + 25 cm

X = mitake (tsuitake) = Height × 0.84

 

 

It is important for you to know your “mitake” when buying antique kimonos.

You put it on and make sure if you have enough length of the hand from the hem.

If you can not take it, you wear it without tucking “ohashori”.

the length which can make a ohashori tuck

 

 

When the length of “kitake” changes

“Kitake” (tsuitake) is required when ordering a “nagajuban” or an under garment and rain coat.

The ideal length is about 80% of the height.

Please remember that there is a difference between ‘the lengths of se-mitake” and “kata-mitake”.

Most of the ready-made ones are displayed in “se-mitake” length.

S:127㎝ M:130㎝ L:133㎝ LL:135㎝

(It depends on manufacturers.)

It should be noted that the length from the floor will change according to the physique.

That means the hem’s line gets higher or lower.

 

Also, the length depends on how you wear it, when you wear it or where you wear it.

For example, on formal occasions you wear it long because you wear “zori” or thick-soled Japanese sandals.

I wear it short when doing the tea ceremony experience instructor, and on a rainy day.

 

Okay, that’s all.
Did you get the difference between “kitake” and “mitake”?

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