Introduction to the world of the Kimono.
Much of the world knows Japan as a land of high-tech industry, cutting-edge culture, and timeless tradition. Famed, too, for its sake and sushi. But what people often don't know is that the Japanese have also created some of the world's most distinctive fashion styles - including traditional dress like kimonos. The history of kimonos is long but fascinating; regional styles indicate different ways in which they have evolved to meet changing needs and reflect new influences from abroad.
What Is A Kimono?
Kimono is the Japanese word for traditional clothing which is worn for both ceremonial and daily wear. In the early days of Japan, the kimono was worn only by the women in the family with high-ranking positions. After some time, a kimono outfit became a common garment for both sexes and even children.
Style Of Kimono
All kimonos are the same in that they consist of silk or cotton top and an attached skirt. They were traditionally worn with tabi socks, straw sandals, hand accessories of one kind or another, and occasionally a coat called an uchikake as well. Kimonos for men and women consist of the same length and width, although they are cut differently to accommodate the differences in body shape.
Many types of different kimonos exist today, and each type is worn on a certain occasion per the customs of that time. In modern times this has changed somewhat, where certain types of kimonos can be worn in any season.
The most common kimono fabric is silk. This particular fabric is the best to be worn in spring and autumn as they are considered to be the coolest of the season. It is also an advantage if the kimonos are made from silk since it makes it easier for your body to breathe, unlike cotton which tends to stick together with sweat. There are many types of silk being used in making Kimono's even though they all look extremely beautiful when worn.
How To Wear A Kimono
Generally, it is a dress that is worn with both ceremonial and daily wear. On special occasions like weddings and funerals or when doing a formal job, a kimono may be worn as part of your clothing to show your respect for your family and to show how important you are to them. There are a few things that you should get right when wearing your Kimono.
Step 1: Put on your kimono and wear it correctly and make sure to wear a haori if the funeral is for a man.
Step 2: Wear your socks and tabi to the bottom of your hakama.
Step 3: Wrap your obi belt around yourself so that it looks neat with ends hanging down evenly on both sides of the body.
Do Men Wear Kimonos?
Men have been wearing Kimonos for many centuries. In the past, it was mainly worn only by high-ranking males such as noblemen, who wore a great deal of silk. The reason why men wore this particular type of clothes was to show respect for their family and to show how important they were to them. Eventually, men also began wearing Kimonos when they went on business trips or business-related functions with their friends and families.
Nowadays, men wear Kimonos on special occasions such as weddings and funerals. It is especially important to wear your kimono correctly when wearing it for these particular occasions.
As well as being a type of clothing, Kimonos are also an important part of Japanese tradition. There are a few things that you should get right when wearing your Kimono. Firstly, you should make sure to wear the correct tabi socks and tabi shoes when wearing your kimono.
What's The Difference Between African And Japanese Kimonos?
African Kimonos tend to have more vibrant colors and designs than Japanese Kimonos and they tend to be much shorter. These kimonos are made from Cotton, the most common color is purple/red but there are a few other colors like black, blue, etc. Japanese Kimonos are generally decorated with flowers and relatives on either side of the pattern. Also, African Kimonos tend to be more expensive than Japanese ones.