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History of Fashion: The Japanese Kimono

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Emily Chan

on 7 May 2015

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Transcript of History of Fashion: The Japanese Kimono

The History of Kimonos
Kimono's are seen on the fashion runway as well!
In conclusion, the kimono is a very significant part of Japanese culture and has gone through various evolutions. Although it has been said to be an impractical form of dress, it is an elegant and beautiful way of representing Japan's culture.
translates to "wear"
Parts of the Kimono
translates to "thing"
Mono (moh-noh)
During this period, samurais were identified by the different coloured and patterned kimonos they wore
Kimono making underwent transformation into an art form
They began to rise in value
The Edo Period (1603-1868)
All About the Kimono
Ki (pronounced key)
Therefore, kimono literally translates into "thing to wear"
However, as time went on the kimono is now used to describe the japanese traditional garment. This started becoming more popular in the late nineteenth century as a way to differentiate their traditional clothing from the Western styles.

The Kimono Making Technique
Developed in the Heian period
The pattern pieces only involved straight lines, so it was easy to cut and sew together in fluid lines
Was very convenient for the kimono makers as they did not have to take account the shape of their customers because of this method.
The 'straight line cut' method
Kamakura to the Muromachi Period (1192-1573)
At this time, kimonos were worn by both men and women as everyday outfits. Brightly coloured kimonos were extremely popular amongst them. For the men, their kimono colours would be used to show stance on which leader they represented.
The Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Unfortunately, it was during this period that Japan began to adopt more of the Western culture's clothing and habits.
Kimono's are now worn only
on special, and formal occasions.
Modern Day Japan
Nowadays, Kimono's are reserved for special occasions such as weddings, tea ceremonies, and funerals
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