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Kanji, Kana & Pronunciation
Romaji Ohashori
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(n) Fold of fabric at waist

The ohashori is the fold at the waist created in an adult woman's kimono to adjust the length. An ohashori allows the top part of the kimono to conform to the curves of the body and move separately from the skirt. Men and children do not have ohashori.

Ohashori is not obligatory for informal wear, for instance in case of antique or otherwise small kimonos. Views on whether it is a necessity for formal wear vary.