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In this page, we would like to share about stamp, seal, and family crest in Kimono world.

A "Rakkan" is an embroidered seal or stamp which is on a kimono, officially called a "Rakuseikanshiki". When a work of art, such as a kimono, is completed, it is left on the work as evidence that "I created this work of art". So it is a signature of the maker. Normally, a kimono's signature is found on the edge the collar or the right side of front ("Okumi"). The theory behind the kimono's stamp is that when you wear a kimono, the stamp should be placed in a place where it cannot be seen.
"Seal" is an important certificate that indicates the value and quality of a kimono. It is a registered trademark that is given only to kimono that have passed the strict inspection standards set by each production area. The role of the certificate is to show the value of a piece of work that is recognized as a traditional craft, and a textile that has been inspected for quality by the weave r's association based on their standards.
Family crest
The family crest is a crest that has been passed down from generation to generation in the family and is placed on the black Tomesode, Irotomesode, and Homongi. There are four types of family crests: five crests, three crests, one crest, and no crest. The number of crests indicates the prestige of the kimono, so there is no such thing as no crests on Tomesode, which are formal wear. It is common to put five crests on a black Tomesode, which has the highest prestige, and three crests on Irotomesode, which has the next highest prestige.

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