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How to tie koshihimo and munahimo

The koshihimo plays an important role in the wearing of the kimono and yukata. Therefore, it is essential to master the technique of tying the koshihimo. Similarly, the munahimo helps to hold the collar tightly against the chest. Thus, it is important that it is not tied too loosely nor too tightly.

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How to tie koshihimo


Step 1: Hold the koshihimo so that the right strip is a little longer than the left, place it flat against the front of your body about 2~3cm above the hipbone, and wrap to the back.


Step 2: Cross the strips at the back and wrap back round to the front.


Step 3: Cross the left strip over the right. Place the crossing off the your right side instead of at the centre of your body, as doing the latter will create an unsightly bulge when you tuck the kimono/yukata out.


Step 4: Pressing down on the crossing and angling the strip downwards, bring it up and pass it through the horizontal part of the strip.


Step 5: Pull the strip down towards the left.


Step 6: Pulling the strip completely downwards will create a knot, which should not unravel even if you let go.


Step 7: Hold the thumb and index finger of your right hand apart, pick up the upper strip with your left hand and wrap the strip around your right fingers to create a ring.


Step 8: Use the thumb and index finger of your right hand to pull the lower strip through the ring created in Step 7.


Step 9: As you are pulling the lower strip through the ring, move your left hand downwards as well to pull the ring shut.


Step 10: Tuck any excess string inside the horizontal strip to hide it.

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How to tie munahimo


Step 1: Hold the munahimo so that the right strip is a little longer than the left, then place it flat against the front of your body under your chest.


Step 2: Cross the strips at the back and wrap back round to the front.


Note: When tying the munahimo, you may create wrinkles at the back of your kimono/yukata, so smooth out the wrinkles to your flanks when you are wrapping the munahimo back to your front. However, if you are unfamiliar with this procedure, you may end up tying the munahimo too loose, causing your collar to loosen easily. Therefore, it is ok to finish tying the munahimo before removing the wrinkles.


Note: Smooth out any wrinkles to your flanks. Be sure to check that the back seam remains at the centre of your back.


Step 3: Cross the left strip over the right at the centre of your body.


Step 4: Pressing down on the crossing and angling the strip downwards, bring it up and pass it through the horizontal part of the strip. Repeat once more, then pull the strip down to the left. This makes the munahimo knot tighter than the koshihimo knot, so that it doesn’t loosen easily.


Step 5: Pull the upper strip downwards.


Step 6: Pull the lower strip to the right, and the upper strip to the left.


Step 7: Tuck both strips into the horizontal strip at your sides, and you’re done.

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