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Kosode (小袖)

A kind of kimono with small cuffs, similar to the shape of modern ones. The name comes from the shape, and the style includes karaori, atsuita, nuihaku, surihaku, shiroaya, shironeri, and noshime. A costume with wider cuffs than kosode is called hirosode, including chōken, maiginu, kariginu, happi, mizugoromo, hitatare, and suō. Karaori and atsuita are also used as uwagi (outer garments), Still, the primary usage of kosode is for under the uwagi when dressing (the appearance of kosode without the outer garment is called “mogidō”). By contrast, the hirosode costume is an outer garment with a kosode underneath.

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