Copyright 2003 - Jean-Philippe Soule

In this era Kimonos are worn only on special occasions. Their prices vary with the quality of the fabric and the complexity of pattern, design and embroidery. These two are custom-designed furisode style kimonos and cost $15.000 a piece. Traditionally they are only worn by young unmarried women but today married women may continue to wear these pieces of art when they want to look "young and beautiful." It is customary after marriage to switch to a single-color tomesode kimono, and pass the other to a daughter.

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