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Japanese Clothing 1500-2013

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Transcript of Japanese Clothing 1500-2013

How clothes have
modernized

Traditional japanese shoes
Japanese Clothing 1500-2013
From 1500 to now japanese clothing styles have changed enormously.
Japanese fabrics
Brief history of japanese clothing
Up until the fifteenth century kimonos were made of hemp or linen, and they were made with multiple layers. Over the following 200 years silk fabrics, new colours, and single layers were introduced to the kimono.
Kimonos are made to suit the seasons in which they are worn. Clothing that has rustic hues and patterns, such as ones that feature russet leaves, are preferred for wearing in autumn. Floral designs, such as those that feature cherry blossoms, and more vibrant colors are more common during the spring time. For winter, people who are dressed in kimonos like to wear darker fabric and more layers.
The modern Japanese fashion has several categories: the Kogal Japanese fashion is the people who like to flash their wealth by wearing things that are expensive, The Gangaro Japanese fashion is people who like to dye their hair, and then there is the Lolita which is dressing ‘innocently’ such as Disney character t-shirts and cute hairstyles. Gothic Lolita is basically the opposite to Lolita fashion.
The most common and traditional Japanese clothing is the Kimono, still worn today but in more modern designs. It has also been adopted in the West due to its elegance.
There are many kinds of kimonos the Furisode is one of these.


Japanese clothing has changed lots over the years, partly because of new designs fabrics and weather conditions and partly because of influence from other countries.
Originally, "kimono" was the Japanese word for clothing. But in more recent years, the word has been used to refer specifically to traditional Japanese clothing. Kimonos as we know them today come from the Hein period


During the Meiji period Japan was influenced by western culture a lot, so they began to wear European clothes. Government officials and military personnel by law had to wear Western clothing for official functions although it is no longer compulsory.
Nowadays, Japanese people rarely wear kimonos in everyday life, reserving them for such occasions as weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies, or other special events, such as summer festivals.

When different emperors took over fashion changed as well and so did the occasions on which to wear them.

During the war fashion in japan changed a lot, there was less colour and more westernised cut clothing.
The most common type of shoes was the Geta. Geta resemble thongs with raised wooden platforms and held onto the foot with a fabric thong.
Getas are worn with traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono or yukata, but (in Japan) also with Western clothing during the summer months.
Sometimes geta are worn in rain or snow to keep the feet dry, due to their extra height.
Traditional Japanese footwear has two major historical roots. One type comes from southern China and Southeast Asia, and features a thong coming from the front of the sole. The foot slips under the thong and the big and second toes grip the shaft. This open design is ideal in hot and humid climates, and makes putting on and taking off the sandal easy.
The other type of footwear comes from northern China and the Korean peninsula. The foot is completely covered, much like when wearing a shoe.
Another patterned accsessorie is the fan.
The fan was a vitail accessory in the heat and to social status amongst the weathly.
In acient times the fan was used as a weapon it had blades woven into the structure of the fan allowing them to slice the victim.
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