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2019.01.07
About the size of tanmono (a roll of kimono cloth)

Tanmono, the traditional cloth of Japan that has developed for exclusively making a kimono, has a unique size specification. As a result of the restriction of hand loom and the exclusive use for kimono, a tanmono is commonly produced in about 0.38m × 12.5m size. Let’s see more details on the specification of tanmono.

 

The width size of tanmono is about 38cm (42cm for men’s), and the length is about 12.5m. This is the necessary and sufficient size for making a suit of women’s kimono (the necessary length is shorter for men). In order to make a kimono, the 0.38×12.5m rectangular fabric is divided into the 8 parts. Compared to the complex pattern-cutting of Western clothes, The cutting of a tanmono for tailoring a kimono is so simple. Making a kimono is done by the minimum required fabric without the leftovers.

A tanmono for tailoring kimono and a single-width cloth for making Western-style clothes

 

The cut 8 parts of a tanmono construct a kimono

 

Pretty much any types of the Western style tailoring can be applied, the things to consider when tailoring the clothing other than kimono would be the narrow width.

 

Tanmonos have at least 38cm.

 

Additionally, depends on the designs and patterns, mimi, the about 1cm edges are included on the both side of tanmono width. These are the margins to sew up.

 

The mimi (ears) of a tanmono.

 

If you want to make a shirt, suit or pans and skirt, check beforehand how many the paper patterns can be made from a tanmono. An enough set of shirts or pans can be made.

 

The dimension of a tanmono is about 4.5㎡, which can produce pretty much any types of clothings.

 

Basically, the width of a tanmono is 38cm. Yet, the custom-order can wider the width to some extent. While it depends on the weaving regions, the maximum width for the custom-order would be about 45cm. This is because of the structural limitation on the handloom generally used. The more than about 45cm width would require a new design of loom, manufacturing equipments or processes.

 

The hand loom generally used in Japan

 

In some of the manufactures, the power loom such as rapier loom is used in order to giving priority to the cheaper manufacturing cost. In these cases, the arbitrary width can be weaved depending on the equipment. However, it goes without saying that the authentic texture of the manual craftmanship are restricted with the power loom.

 

That’s it for introducing the size of tanmono. In terms of how we sell, these textiles cannot be sold in cuts by such as increments of 1m, and the minimum selling number is from one piece of tanmono. Tanmonos have the unique standard size, but have various possibilities depending on the tailoring. So please feel free to consult us.