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An uchikake (a bridal robe worn above a kimono), a kakeshita (the kimono worn under the uchikake), obi (belt for the kimono), accessories and undergarments, all in white, are all clothing for the bride. In Japan, the Shiromuku white kimono is the typical choice when going before the altar. Since ancient times, white, “the colour of the sun”, has been a sacred colour and symbolises the beauty and purity of the bride’s heart.
This is an uchikake bridal robe in a vivid colour other than white often red, green or black and embroidered with gorgeous gold leaf. Although it is formal clothing for women that can be worn at the ceremony, it is generally more common for the Iro-uchikake colourful wedding kimono to be worn as a change of clothes for the reception.
The furisode (long sleeved kimono) is the most formal of clothing for unmarried young women, however amongst these is the garment with sleeves that drape on the floor called the hikifurisode, which is the formal wear of the bride.
It is common to wear black as the colour is considered the most noble, however, in recent times the amount of people wearing other coloured hiki-furisode long-sleeved wedding kimono has increased.
In the modern day, the Men’s Crested Formal Hakama and Haori (montsuki haorihakama) is generally regarded as the foremost piece of formal male attire. The haori formal coat decorated with crests is worn over the hakama formal pant-skirt also decorated with crests. Black is the most often worn colour for this formal attire.