13 interesting facts about Kimonos that you may not know

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Old and new Japan Minasan Kon'nichiwa! Many of us would know that Japan is famous for its advances in technology, geographic and historic landmarks and number of writers and artists. Japan is also well known for it’s food, culture and fashion! Despite the many trends and fashion Japan has, we will be touching mainly on Kimonos to showcase this traditional and beautiful culture that a few Japanese females still adopt in their culture today.

We hope you will find some interesting facts here.

*Disclaimer, our facts are found from different sources.

Inspiration of Kimono

Kimono

Did you know the kimono's form was first introduced from China as underclothes? Found from encyclopedia, during the Muromachi period (1392 - 1568), both men and women wore it underneath before getting dressed.

Another known name

浴衣

Initially, the kimono adapted another name called ‘gofuku’ as stated in Wikipedia, “(呉服, literally clothes of Wu (吳)” this name came about due to the heavy influence in the Han Dynasty.

First appearance

Home life in Japan

As stated in Wikipedia, it first arrived in Japan during the Jomon period (14,5000 B.C. - 300 B.C.), with no discrepancy between man and women.

Kimono’s translation

Geishas

Another interesting fact found from encyclopedia, the term Kimono, directly translate to “Thing to Wear”. In order to differentiate Japanese clothing from Western clothing, the word Kimono became more popular in Japan during the 19th century.

Materials required

Different ways of tying the Obi (kimono belt), Japan

Found from Wikipedia, this traditional attire requires sashes and a wide obi to put it in place. Apart from that, accessories and ties are also crucial to complete the proper look.

Women’s Daily Kimono

Swinging sleeves Kimono

Did you know that judging from the pattern and the colour on the fabric, we would be able to see how formal the kimono is. Aside from that, longer sleeves indicates that they are usually younger women who are not married yet. (Wikipedia)

Tradition Bride’s Kimono

Overrobre (Uchikake) with design of Books and Mandian Orange Branchs (Japanese)

As stated in encyclopedia, the most formal Kimono of all, is known as the Uchikake. The bride would usually need assistance due to the length and the stiffness of the Uchikake. The Uchikake is a really long coast of Kimono, padded with a thickset of woven brocade/ satin.

Dress Code for Events

Dresscode for Women

Indeed there is another type of Kimono, also called Houmongi! It can be worn to weddings or events. There is also a name for the pattern on the Kimono called, Eba, a type of dyeing method across the Kimono. Also found from encyclopedia.

Mens wear

Man & Woman in Kimono, Old Japan

Fear not, there is a male section of Kimonos too! As read from Wikipedia, men’s Kimono are however standardize to one shape and pretty mellow in terms of colors. To know how formal their Kimonos are, we can judge base on the type and colour of accessories. Silk was definitely the most enticing material used.

Formal Mens wear

Dresscode for Men

If there are 5 Kamon (Family crests) on their Kimono, it portrays extreme formality.

The formal mens Kimono would be in plain black silk with 5 crests, also known as Monsuke (with crests).

Generations to generations

Generations to Generations

Kimono has such a deep tradition in Japan that even up till today, the art of assembling the Kimono is still passed on from mothers to daughters. Today, this art is also taught in schools to benefit women. (Wikipedia)

Seasonal Fashion (Just like high fashion)

An example of a seasonal kimono

Indicated from Wikipedia, the Japanese Kimono changes in relation to their seasons. Lined Kimonos (Awase), are worn during cooler months. Whereas Light cotton, Yukata are worn during the spring and summer by both genders. During warmer weather, the designs would be more vibrant with floral patterns.

Hole in wallet

Kimono

We also found from Wikipedia that a woman's kimono may easily exceed US$10,000?? A complete kimono outfit inclusive of: A kimono, undergarments, obi, ties, socks, sandals and accessories can exceed US$20,000.

 

Done by: Joey Lee & KangJing