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GeikoHikizuriKitsuke Tutorial by Kurokami-Kanzashi GeikoHikizuriKitsuke Tutorial by Kurokami-Kanzashi
This is something I decided to put together on a whim. I wanted to photograph my new ro geiko ensemble, so I decided to document the process of dressing the manequin with photos.

From those I've put together a very basic tutorial of how to achieve an authentic geiko look with your kitsuke. Great for cosplaying. If you need more detailed information check out these sites: [link] and [link]

CLICK THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON TO VIEW THE TEXT AND IMAGES AT FULL SIZE!

Now, some vocabulary for beginners:
Geiko - Fully fledged geisha.
Hikizuri - Long kimono meant to be worn trailing.
Hadajuban - Undermost layer put on when donning kimono
Juban - Layer between the Hadajuban and the outer kimono
Hiyoku - Second layer of fabric around the collar and hem of the outer kimono. This is meant to give the illusion of wearing yet another layer under the outer kimono
Ohashiori - Waist fold used to adjust the length of the kimono.
Koshihimo - Fabric tie used to secure the kimono in place beneath the obi
Obi - Belt used when wearing kimono
Otaiko Musubi - Drum Knot. Style of tying the obi
Obijime - Decorative cord tied over top of the obi
Sensu - Japanese folding fan
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Bseashelley Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
How do I get my collar to stop slipping and stay nicely folded? At the back of my neck? The hiyuki part keeps being mean... how low should I put my collar? I have a shigoki to fill in for my momi but where should I start wrapping and where should i be looking to stop? Last question I swear! How low on my hips should i put my obi? BTW thank you for this tutorial it is amazing! I am finding out really fast how different from normal kimono a hiki is but it is fun to learn!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Keep collar from slipping: Tie really tightly around your chest and use a korin belt. Use clothes pins when dressing to keep things in place.

How low should the collar be: We should be able to see the skin between your shoulder blades.

Wrapping the mommi: Stat wrapping from just above the widest part of your hips up to just under your bust.

How low to tie the obi: That really depends on where the obi will sit on your particular body. Try it a few times to see what looks good on you and where the obi naturally wants to sit on you.
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xxice-maidenxx Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
hi! i know this might be a late reply, but a hikizuri collar should be pulled down to your shoulder blades, so i guess there isn't an exact measurement...

as for the obi, because hikizuri's are usually only worn by maikos, the obi should be wider than a normal obi, and the position should be fairly high, just below the bust.

im sorry if any of this information is false, since i am also pretty new to the whole kimono world ^_^'

hope this helps!
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KazukiDeng Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student General Artist
AMAZING O-O
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thank you!
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CassandraJames Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow this is helpful!
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Silver-Willow04 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This has really helped me out! I have 2 hiki with hiyoku and I was wondering " how am i going to fold it!!! "

This helped IMMENSELY!

Thanks so much for posting this!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Thank you!
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
:+fav: This tutorial is featured in "Costume Design 101" for Costume Week.

Thank you for sharing your design techniques with the community!
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Kurokami-Kanzashi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Thank you very much for the feature!
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