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"The kimono is a dance of colors and textures that highlights Japanese culture and aesthetics. It is the harmony of tradition with modern elegance that enchants and inspires.”
Issey Miyake, Japanese designer
The kimono (きもの/着物, transl.: something worn), this extremely elegant and traditional Japanese garment, highlights a long and rich history lost in the depths of time. It is a type of clothing that has represented Japanese culture and tradition for centuries.
The kimono consists of a single, long piece of fabric with wide sleeves and a belt that ties around the waist. This elegant and special garment stands out for the unique way of construction and the wonderful designs that decorate it.
The origin of the kimono is lost in the ancient days of Japan, where it was first used as clothing for the aristocratic classes.
Later, the kimono became popular among the population and was used as everyday clothing. Its evolution reflects the social changes and influences that have affected Japan over the centuries.
Over time, designers and artisans have evolved the technique and designs of the kimono. More colors, varied patterns and decorative elements such as embroidery and embroidery were added, which accentuate the beauty of the garment. Various variations of the kimono also appeared, such as furisode (kimono with wide sleeves), tomesode (kimono with a solid color and elegant design), and komon (kimono with small repeating patterns).
The kimono today remains an important part of Japanese culture and traditional dress. It is used in special occasions such as weddings, ceremonies and festivals, but also as a symbol of Japan worldwide. The kimono aesthetic has influenced fashion and design worldwide as many designers recognize the unique beauty and technical complexity of the kimono.
Short History of the Kimono
The kimono emerged in Japan during the Nara period (710-794 AD) and further evolved during the Heian period (794-1185 AD). Initially, it was used by men as a cover over their garments, and later it developed into a traditional women's attire during the Heian period. Wealthy aristocratic women wore kimonos made from precious fabrics and adorned with colorful designs