Koromos/Japanese Zen Monk Robes—$270
robes have wide sleeves and seven pleats in the skirt. They are
traditionally worn shorter than the kimono, which is seen under the robe.
The Soto style has much wider sleeves than the Rinzai style; both have a
hook and loop to tie the sleeves behind the neck. Monastic robes have a wider collar
than lay robes and additional pleats in the center front.
In addition, individual Zen Centers have developed their own style preferences.
Priest Robes, Rochester Style—$230 The Rochester Zen Center priest robe has five box pleats in the skirt
and the sleeves are less wide than the traditional Japanese monastic
Everyday robes are navy; ceremonial robes are
black. You will need to provide your own fabric—8˝ yards for an average
Other Robes For other styles of robes, including
ceremonial robe, please inquire by
e-mail or phone.
Fabric Everyday robes are navy or black.
Shinigi is made from a transparent fabric; the best is polyester or silk
Fabrics appropriate for monastic robes are the following:
lightweight or gauze for summer
cotton, cotton dress twill, linen, wool, or poly/cotton
mixture for winter
Fabric requirements: 45 inches wide fabric—10 yards 55 or 60 inch wide—about 7˝ to 8 yards