JYUBAN is an inner wear worn in between a KIMONO and an underwear. There are various opinions about the origin of the word JYUBAN, and it's said to come from Arabian, Portuguese, or Indian. Same as vintage KIMONOs, Antique JYUBANs has a lot of varieties like chic ones to interesting ones.
For formal KIMONOs, there is a rule to wear white ERI (a collar attached to JYUBAN), however, there is no such rule for casual KIMONOs. It is a fun part of KIMONOs to chose the combination of JYUBAN and ERI from various colors and patterns.
The interesting thing is that JYUBAN falls into the underwear category. From the viewpoint of traditional costumes, to define showing underwear as formal is quite rare .
JYUBAN is truly important for the beautiful shape, and the key is the curve of the ERI. In the Edo era, people started to dress KIMONO with ERI widely pulled down on the back. As women's hair style became more complicated, people pulled down the ERI in order to avoid the hair oil to smear the ERI.
The world of JYUBAN is also very profound.
Click here to see a Blog by a Former MAIKO "Do You Know?".