For many years in Japan a way of dressing very different from western fashion has been used. Throughout the world, the most representative is a full-body garment whose name is “Kimono” and literally means “object to wear.”
What things do they use to dress?
It is generally worn to the ankle, although the women’s kimono is longer, since its design is tied at the hip. The collar of the kimono is attached flat, and is always worn from left to right (unless the person wearing the kimono has passed away, in which case it is worn from right to left). The sleeves of this garment reach the wrist and, some variations of the kimono, can have sleeves long enough to touch the ground.
The kimonos are tied at the back with a band called an obi, knotted at the to keep the kimono closed. The “obi” is tied in a knot known as a “musubi.” Its great versatility is based on formality, the type of obi and the age of the person. Kimonos are generally used with traditional footwear, known as “zōri” or “geta” (almost always wooden sandals) and special socks called “tabi”.
Kimonos range from extremely formal to more casual. The level of formality of the women’s kimono is mainly determined by the pattern of the fabric and the color. Young women’s kimonos have longer sleeves, which means they are not married and tend to be more elaborate than older women’s kimono. Men’s kimonos usually have a basic concept and are mostly worn in subdued colors. Formality is also determined by the type and color of the accessories, the fabric, and the number or absence of “kamon” (family crests), with five crests signifying extreme formality. Silk is the most desirable and formal fabric. Kimonos made of fabrics such as cotton and polyester appear more informal in style, but these days, a common person prefers to purchase a kimono made of these materials because it is much easier to care for and use. For the eyes of a Japanese, the kimono is a garment as formal and elegant as for a Westerner it is the suit or ball gowns. For this reason, the kimono is generally used on important occasions such as weddings, in the tea ceremony and when visiting the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto.
Where can we rent a KIMONO now?
Nowadays, a kimono can be rented, very easily, in specialized stores in any large city in Japan and, accessible to the general public.
Unlike other countries where traditional clothing is seen historically but is not worn in real life, in Japan the kimono is a garment that does not go out of style despite the years and is part of the concept of what is the Japanese culture.
The kimono has a history of approximately 13 centuries, going through various changes to become the kimono used in the current era. Therefore, for people visiting Japan, it is highly recommended to try on the kimono and in this way feel the Japanese culture in its most tangible form and, incidentally, pay tribute to the Japanese people and their history. The kimono is one of the most appreciated garments in the world of fashion and is highly acclaimed for its elegance, beauty and presence.
The kimono was the common clothing of the Japanese until approximately the end of the Pacific War in 1945. Currently it is the de facto clothing that represents the Japanese spirit in its various variations.
Why don’t young people wear kimono?
It is true that the kimono has a very beautiful appearance, but it has the defect of limiting body movement and is very difficult to put on. Today, there are very few people who know how to put on the kimono by themselves. These days the classes to dress the kimono are in fashion, where the way to put it alone is taught.