Uchikake is a full-length outer robe. Until the Edo period, it was worn by women of Samurai, warrior, or noble families on special occasions. Since then, it had become a part of Japanese traditional bridal costume. Now it is only used for a wedding ceremony. The cotton is put inside the hemline, and it makes it much more elegant. The design and technique for the Uchikake is wonderful and sophisticated. In Kansai district, Uchikake is also called Kaidori in the their dialect.
Reference: Yamatoku Vintage Kimono
Note: This photo only shows some details of the Uchikake textile.
Soshigaya. March 3rd, 2007
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