The Story of the Traditional Kimono
The kimono is a traditional and extremely valuable garment worn by Japanese women. However, in these modern times the Japanese kimono has developed a universal appeal and is commonly seen worn by woman all around the world for both everyday wear and on formal occasions.
The style, colour and fabric of vintage kimono was extremely varied and would depend on things like age, sex, marital status, season and occasion. However, the construction behind them was kept simple so that they could be easily sewn in the home. The silk kimono is considered to be the most desired version of the garment and requires a more experienced hand to sew than the cheaper cotton kimono and polyester kimono versions that are more commonly found nowadays.
The traditional men’s kimono is traditionally no longer than ankle length while ladies’ kimono lengths were longer so that they could be easily tucked and adjusted according to the individual wearer. Unmarried women would usually be seen wearing a specific style of kimono called the ‘Furisode’ which had very long sleeves that hung down to the floor. Generally, the ideal arm length for a kimono would be no longer than the wrist when the arms are lowered. However the arm length on children’s kimono is still a lot shorter than the adult version.
To complete the authentic kimono look, the Japanese would wear an obi which can better be described as a sash. The male version of the obi is traditionally narrower than the females and also less colourful. There are ten unique ways of tying an obi, with different knots for different occasions and kimono.
Although there are still some Japanese men and women who continue to wear kimono on special events and ceremonies, it is generally only the top sumo wrestlers who wear them regularly. This is mainly due to the fact that the professional wrestlers have to remain in traditional attire whenever they go out into the public.
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