Over the Blue Horizon


Japanese children's clothing - their tiny size, detailed construction, signs of wear (from an active boy or girl), and sometimes bright colors form miniature works of art.  Since they are smaller than adult-size kimono, children's kimono are easier to display in a home, taking up less space and being simple to hang.  The Japanese tradition of not wasting fabric can be seen in the sizing tucks on a child's kimono, basting stitches on the shoulders and near the hem, which are let out as the child grows.  Another interesting element of many children's kimono are semamori, stitches made on the back of the garment at the neckline, serving as an amulet for good luck and a guard against evil spirits.  Decorative stitching is often also seen on the front of kimono where the ties are attached.