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Tasuki

Tasuki

Working Woman With Tasuki by Kunichika Toyohara (1870)

Since kimono were worn by all echelons of society, practicality was often a necessary consideration. For working people needing to keep their long sleeves from becoming soiled or damaged, a cord or cloth sash known as a tasuki could be tied in such a way as to hold them out of the way.

The above diagram shows how the tasuki is used even today as a way of preventing the long sleeves of the Kimono to get soiled or in the way of daily or working activities for people. Apart from the practicality that such an accesory has, it also provides a different look and aesthetic to the Kimono, showing the versatility of a garment that sometimes is thought of as one dimensional.
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