Japanese Dress

A traditional Japanese dress

The kimono is traditional Japanese dress that is instantly recognizable around the world. The word kimono literally means "clothing," and it was the standard type of apparel in Japan until the mid-nineteenth century. It is still an essential garment for many Japanese people and is gaining worldwide popularity as well. The kimono was originally worn with a hakama, a long skirt-like item with a divider along the middle, drawing inspiration from ancient Chinese apparel. Tastes changed over time, and it became significantly more popular to wear the kimono without the skirt and instead hold it together with an obi sash.

Composition of kimonos

The kimono is a robe with a T-shaped neckline, free flowing fabric, and a straight line. It has long sleeves and a length that spans from the shoulders to the heels. Kimonos are usually composed of silk and are fastened with an obi, which is a wide belt. Kimonos used to be made up of 25 layers of fabric at one time. Kimonos grew in popularity, and the practice of creating them evolved into an art form. Traditional clothes became quite valuable, and parents gave them to their children as gifts.

Different varieties of kimonos

Depending on the occasion, different sorts of kimonos are worn; kimonos for everyday use are much simpler than those for formal events. The Japanese sandals zori are constructed of rice straw and are typically worn with a traditional kimono. Kimonos come in a variety of styles and are worn by people of various social strata and on various occasions. The fabric, pattern, and color of a kimono, as well as the number of crests on it, indicate its formality. The highest level of formality is indicated by having roughly five crests (known as 'Kamon' in Japanese). A kimono made of silk has a high level of formality, whereas those made of cotton or polyester are more casual. Though many people believe that true kimono are solely made of silk, many modern kimono are made of a variety of textiles, including cotton, wool, linen, and even polyester. Silk was once thought to be the ideal kimono fabric, and many people still want one, but they are difficult to clean and maintain.

The specialists could deduce a lot about the wearer from the Kimono she was wearing, including her age and status, her family, where she was going, and what season it was. Warriors on the battlefield wore kimonos that were brilliant and colorful as well. Soldiers took great pride in their appearance. They were dressed opulently. The color of a warrior's kimono indicated which army unit he belonged to.

Influence of Han Chinese clothing on kimono

Han Chinese apparel, known today as hanfu, had a big effect on the first kimono fashions. During the Edo Period, the kimono's sleeves developed longer, especially for unmarried ladies, and the obi became larger. The kimono's shape has remained constant since then.

Accessories for kimonos

There are a plethora of accessories available for formal kimonos. The geta, a type of wooden sandal used by both men and women, is one of the most ubiquitous. Hakama is a skirt that looks like a pair of pants. It is commonly worn by martial artists and women on their graduation days nowadays. Haori is a hip-length kimono-style jacket worn by both men and women to dress up their clothing. The worker's version of the more formal haori is hanten.

Images on kimono portray different meanings

The images on kimono have different meanings. The crane is the most common bird portrayed on kimono. It is a sign of longevity and good fortune because it is said to survive for a thousand years and to live in the country of the immortals. Specific designs are employed to symbolize the wearer's virtues or attributes, or to link to the season or occasion, such as weddings and festivals, where the wearer is bestowed with good fortune.

Modern method of wearing kimono

In Japan, women have recently devised an imaginative and modern method of wearing kimono on their wedding day. The garment is a two-in-one option, as it starts off as a traditional kimono and then transforms into a Western-style bridal gown with a Japanese touch.

Difference between yukata and kimono

Yukata are a summer version of kimono made of cotton or linen that are popular due to its comfort and convenience of use in humid summer conditions. Unlike kimono, yukata do not require additional layers of undergarments to be worn.

Significant impact of kimonos on Japanese culture

The traditional Japanese kimono has been embraced by the western world. Traditional kimono fabric designers, on the other hand, are revered in Japan. Their kimonos are as valuable as a fine painting. They create one-of-a-kind works of art. Despite the fact that the majority of modern Japanese people do not own kimonos, they remain a significant aspect of Japanese culture. They had a significant impact on Japanese history. They are also readily recognizable as a symbol of Japan.