The Kimono, Japanese traditional costume

23 June, 2014 0 Comments

Kimonos, japanese costumes

The kimono is a traditional costume in Japan. In this country is something common to find in the street women dressed in kimono. Only tourists are surprised to see them and make them pictures.

The history of the kimono began in the Heian period, between the years 794 and 1185 A.D. . It was then when women began to dress up with this kind of coat colours. During the Tokugawa government, when the capital of Japan was the city of Kyoto, was when a piece of clothing began to mark social differences in the streets. In its beginnings, kimonos were made with silk and were decorated by artists, by what were considered high-class clothing. Time after were gaining in popularity and appeared cotton kimonos.

Talking about how to put on a kimono, it is usually not dress with only one, but with several kimonos to show the effect that there are several superimposed layers. It is said that the ladies of the imperial court were up to sixteen kimonos different at the same time. The kimono is accompanied by an Obi or wide belt tied around the waist, sandals, Zouari and calls that are made with special socks, called Tabi. The sandals are hooked up to the big toe. This set also comes with a handbag.

An important detail is that the kimono is crossed from the left side toward the right. This rule only changes in the funerals.

There are different types of kimonos as for example:

Furisode: for unmarried girls, colourful and with long sleeves.

Furisode

Furisode

Homongi: with a shield on the back.

Iromugi: semi casual.

Mochigi: short-sleeved and sober style.

Mofuku: black and for mourning.

Mofuku

Mofuku

Tomesode: black, for married women and for special occasions.

Tukesage: that is an informal dress.

Shiromuku: for traditional wedding ceremony.

Uchikake: that is an ornate wedding coat with a long trail for Japanese brides during their wedding ceremony.

Uchikake

Uchikake

On the other hand, the kimono is not just for women, since men also dress. In men, however, is simpler, because it consists of only a loose fitting trousers and a Haori, which is a long vest to be put on the kimono.

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