Kimono - Traditional Garment

Kimono is the traditional Japanese garment and national dress of Japan.

Kimono- Japanese Tradition

The word Kimono means, “Ki- Wear” and “Mono- thing”. Typically kimonos are hand-sewn in “T” shape. It is made from 4 single pieces of fabric which is tans and tied with an obi or belt.  Kimono is one of the Japanese traditional garments. Kimono means clothing. The rectangular pieces of fabric is used to construct the kimono. What type of kimono you wear defines the wearer's age, gender, the formality of the occasion, and less commonly, and marital status. During the Heian period (794- 1192) Kimono came in japan. The kimono had become an everyday clothing choice, By the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). Now in everyday life Japanese people rarely wear kimonos. They prefer to wear kimono on such occasions as weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies, or other special events, such as summer festivals. The colors of kimonos usually based on the seasons, gender, or sometimes on political and family ties. Kimonos are very versatile and that’s why they are very popular. Kimono is recognized as a national dress in japan around the world. During the kofun period by the former of the cultured nature of the arts, architecture, and clothing of the latter the first prototypes of what would become the kimono were introduced to Japan via Chinese envoys. As time passed kimono came into the fashion. Japanese people paid more attention to the colors of kimonos and they developed a heightened sensitivity to color. By the colors and patterns of their uniforms, the samurais of each domain wore identified. In the fall and winter, heavy silk kimono could be worn. In the summer, the light linen and cotton kimono, known as yukata, could be worn.

As an undergarment, the kimono was first introduced from china. From the middle of the Edo period (1600–1868), women’s kimonos became very decorative. There are four charms of traditional kimono. First is everyone fits the kimono, kimono fits all bodies. As, kimono is passed from mother to child, to grandchild. Along with that feelings are also passed. If you stop wearing kimono you can recycle it. And the third charm is you can fold it up small. The fourth and last charm is the design of kimono is only one. Kimonos are very simple and complex as other forms of traditional dresses. Straight-line cut kimonos have many advantages as they can easily fold. For all weather they were suitable. The ordinary people who are wearing kimonos were required to use garments decorated with the wearer’s family crest, which helped to identify their family background. Women’s kimono outfit consists of twelve or more separate pieces. In Japan you will find out most professional kimono dressers, they work out of hair salons, as specialist businesses, or freelance. Yukata is a type of kimono which is used in summer. It is a very simple indigo and white cotton kimono. Furisode is the type of kimono which is worn by young, often unmarried women. Homing kimono is worn by the visitor. It is made of silk and is more formal than tsukesage. Iromuji kimono is worn for tea ceremonies. Edo Komon is a small repeating pattern, made in white on a colored background. It is worn for low-formality visiting wear. The exquisite elegance of Japanese culture and design, kimono captures. Kimono proves that clothing is much more than meets the eye. Kimono is the symbol of their unique aesthetic. Kimonos are known for their style, motif, color, and material work together to reveal the individual identity of the wearer. You can identify wearer’s status, personality traits, and virtues, by the Patterns, symbols, and other designs of the kimono they worn.