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We have established in one of our FAQ articles that kigurumi doesn't require super special occasions to be brought and worn. Indeed, some situations are better suited than others. But there is generally a good amount of "presentation leeway" to wear kigurumi.
This is also the reason why there are umm... many reasons, for anyone to own a kigurumi. In the end, it's all about having fun wearing something that creates a balanced line between enjoyment and comfort.
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So, in this final Q&A blog (for now), we shall take things a small step further, and tackle something even more fundamental: elements inherent to a kigurumi that makes us think of them in the way we mentioned in the first place. Don't think too hard though. This isn't thesis paper, but merely something for you to ponder about, the next time you open your wardrobe to pick one out of your ever-growing collection.
Any Potential Inclinations Towards Wearing Kigurumi?
Like any hobby or passion, liking kigurumi in general could come from just about anything. After all, you could have the most random or unrelated fundamental reason on the planet but still end up favoring someone or something due to circumstances.
That being said, however, there might be a few personal quirks, or certain preferences about things, that might make such an eventuality far more likely than usual for others. Take a look at some of the things that we have considered:
- You like cute things - nope, not too elaborate enough. I'm inclined to believe It is a universal fact that every human, some way or another, intrinsically like cute things.
- You like comfy onesies - perhaps. Since you're planning to wear onesies on lazy days anyway, why not make them nice n' cute, amirite?
- You attended an occasion that required(?) one - wait a minute, does that even count as a reason? Oh! The occasion itself is part of your preference for it, I see.
- You like a specific set of animals - a bit more convincing now. Maybe you're a cat kigurumi collector, or anything rainbow instantly piques your interest.
- You purchased part of a set of fan goods - does the kigurumi represent something from a series or franchise that you love? Yup, that sounds about right.
- Your acquaintances got you into it - most hobbies require dedication, or developing a specific skill set. Wearing kigurumi is... just wearing kigurumi really.
- You're just an Akiba-kei nut in general - potentially, all the cute designs of the kigurumi you love, as well as the specific franchises that you support, end up with your love of anime, manga, and games. Or as we call in the west, you can possibly be just a straight-up dedicated otaku.
How do You Make Kigurumi, and What Are They Made Of?
A vast majority of kigurumi available today are made of fleece. Not the natural, sheep-y kind. The synthetic one that copies the fluffiest and comfiest properties of the original. Of course, other fabrics, such as flannel and cotton have been tried for kigurumi onesie products. But for consumers, the number one choice is almost always (synthetic) fleece.
Design-wise, SAZAC also uses a combination of other high-grade materials, that allows patterns and motifs to visually keep up with the thematic consistency and quality of all other popular kigurumi out there.
As for making the kigurumi itself... it is probably better to describe the major parts that would be used when creating a kigurumi for any particular user:
- Hood - self-explanatory. Potentially the most defining part of a kigurumi.
- Head accessories - mostly ears, but could also be horns, snouts, whiskers, or even an entirely new head.
- Front (halves) - creates the "belly" of the themed-creature. Zippers are the norm, but on rare occasions Velcro is used.
- Back - ironically a more centered section for showing body patterns of the intended animal theme. Can be as "fat" and low crotch as possible (as allowed by standard appendage length).
- Arms - low and loose for maximum comfort. Can even be over-extended for certain animal themes (birds, for example)
- Extensions - other designs may also incorporate components such as a tail (extends the back part), front accessories ("clothing" for mascot characters), or additional appendages (lobsters and octopuses, anyone?)
- External gloves/shoes - not really part of the kigurumi itself, but accessories like paw mittens and kigu shoes may be included for the overall package.
Umm... So Why are Adults Wearing Kigurumi Onesies?
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Like we explained at the beginning of this blog (of this blog series actually), there could be a multitude of reasons why someone is (or becomes) invested in owning and wearing kigurumi. So for specific explanations, you'd just have to go case-by-case and directly ask the person wearing them, or the one that introduced you to the hobby.
But really now, haven't the message unraveled itself enough yet? With all these elements of enjoyment, product varieties, and flexibility of occasion, wearing kigurumi is just simple and pure fun. In fact, you might argue that they're even worn better at a certain more mature and seasoned age, as you get a giddier sense of appreciation for the art(?) that you would never have otherwise felt if you're wearing them "normally" as a kid.
As our older guide says, it's never a matter of why, or even a matter of when. Because its always a good time, and there's always a good reason to wear a kigurumi onesie.