The sleeves of the kimono indicate the age and marital status of a woman. A young unmarried woman would wear a furisode, a colorful kimono with flowing sleeves that hang almost to the ankles. The Furisode, made of of chirimen and decorated by yuuzen, is appropriate to wear on formal and ceremonial occasions, such as weddings.
In contrast, a married woman wears a kimono with a short sleeve.
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